Home directright Office for Persons with Disabilities

Office for Persons with Disabilities

Mrs. Marsha Rivas

Coordinator, Office for Persons with Disabilities

Department of Discipleship and Family Life
Multi-Cultural Ministries

1933 Spielbusch
Toledo, OH 43604-5360
419-244-6711
800-926-8277 (in Ohio outside Toledo)

E-mail

The Office for Persons with Disabilities promotes the wholeness of the Church as One Body of Christ, providing resources for those living with a disability and advancing the mission of the Church in advocating for meaningful integration across the parishes of the Diocese of Toledo.

Pastoral Services

  • Consultation regarding hospitality, accessibility, transportation, sign language interpreters, and inclusive education.
  • Liturgical minister training
  • Sign language interpreter referral
  • Braille or audio taped materials
  • Large Print Sacramentary
  • Portable assistive listening system
  • Guidelines for the celebration of the Sacraments with persons with disabilities

Catechetical/Spiritual Development

  • Catechetical resources for adults and children with disabilities
  • Special-needs faith-sharing groups
  • Family Camp Weekend Retreat

FacebookFollow the Office for Persons with Disabilities on Facebook!

Inner Vision

Faith & fellowship for persons  who are blind or visually impaired, along with their sighted guides.

2016 Meeting Dates: March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13

All meetings take place at the Catholic Center in Toledo, 11:00 - 2:00.

For more information, e-mail Marsha Rivas.

Interpreted Mass Schedule

ST. JOHN XXIII, Perrysburg
24250 Dixie Highway, Perrysburg, OH 43551-0048
5:00 pm most Saturdays

ST. PIUS X, Toledo
3011 Carskaddon Avenue, Toledo, OH  43606-1662
9:30 a.m. most Sundays

ST. PETER, Mansfield
104 W. First St., Mansfield, OH 44902-2199
9:30 a.m. most Sundays

ST. WENDELIN, Fostoria
323 North Wood Street, Fostoria, OH  44830
11:00 a.m. Sundays:
January 8
February 12
March 12
April 9
May 14
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10
October 8
November 12
December 10

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, Bellevue
231 East Center Street, Bellevue, OH 44811-1404
10:30 a.m. Sundays:
January 22
February 26
March 26
April 23
May 28
July 23
August 27
September 24
October 22
November 26
December 24

Mass in ASL celebrated by Rev. Michael Depcik, OSFS
St. Francis de Sales High School, Oblates Chapel, 2323 West Bancroft Street, Toledo
Mass time:  4 p.m.
January 7, February 4, March 18, April 22, May 13

Resources

OHIO HANDS & VOICES LIMA SUPPORT GROUP - click here for more information.

Rev. Michael Depcik, OSFS, Homilies in ASL: Fr. MD’s Kitchen Table

Sunday Liturgies of the Word in ASL

Videos of prayers in ASL

ASL and the New Roman Missal


My First Eucharist: A Signed and Closed Captioned Sacramental Preparation Program for Deaf Children, video and curriculum guide available on loan from the Office for Persons with Disabilities (419-244-6711).

My Church

My Church
This is a picture book about a young, deaf girl who shares her faith experience as a member of a bilingual Catholic Church where American Sign Language and English are used.  It provides deaf children with a sense of belonging in their faith community and hearing children with insights into the world of deafness.

Available on loan from the Office for Persons with Disabilities (419-244-6711) or for purchase from RCL Benzinger (877-275-4725).

 

Guidelines for the Ministry of Interpreting for the Deaf Community of the Diocese of Toledo.

 

National Catholic Organizations serving the Deaf

National Catholic Organizations serving the Deaf logo

National Catholic Office for the Deaf, www.ncod.org

 

International Catholic Deaf Association, www.icda-us.org

 

Links listed on this site are provided for information purposes only and are not necessarily sponsored by the Diocese of Toledo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greater Toledo Community Resources

Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders
downloadable booklet from the American Psychiatric Association

Quick Reference on Mental Health for Faith Leaders
downloadable  2-page reference from the American Psychiatric Association

Preventing Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: diocesan policy

Online training to accompany Vulnerable Adult Policy - course title: Visiting Vulnerable Adults

National Organizations offer guidance and resources for the pastoral care of persons with physical, sensory, intellectual and mental disabilities.

 

NCPD
National Catholic
Partnership on Disability
 
National Catholic Office
for the Deaf
    
Apostolate of Persons with Chronic Illness and/or Disability
Xavier Society for the Blind
Pathways to Promise Ministry
and Mental Illness
 
    
 
NAMI Faith Net
Faith and Light
 

 

 

A Parish Guide: Opening Doors of Welcome and Justice to Persons with Disabilities Available to purchase from USCCB Publishing
 


Guiding Principles and Strategies for Inclusion in the Liturgy of Catholics with Disabilities
By the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions

Marriage Preparation Resources for people with intellectual and other disabilities.

Resource Manual from the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD)
Welcomed and Valued: Building Faith Communities of Support and Hope with People with Mental Illness and Their Families

DVD and discussion guide: Welcomed and Valued: Supporting People with Mental Illness in Parish Life--an in-depth look at people with mental illness and how they participate in parish life.  Available for loan from the Office for Persons with Disabilities (419-244-6711) or for purchase from NCPD

NAMI's 12 Principles of Support: The Bible said it first!

Large Print Roman Missal 3rd Edition for priests and deacons
Three font sizes - 24, 34, 44- available on CD

Fact Sheets

Mass without Tears: Autism at Mass
Prenatal Diagnoses: A Call for Support Ministry
A Child of God: Guidance for parents who learn their child has a disability.
Grief and Loss for People with Intellectual Disability
Marriage for Persons with Disabilities
Pastoral Visits with Someone with Dementia
 

Links listed on this site are provided for information purposes only and are not necessarily sponsored by the Diocese of Toledo.

The National Directory for Catechesis states that: “Persons with disabilities…are integral members of the Christian community. All persons with disabilities have the capacity to proclaim the Gospel and to be living witnesses to its truth within the community of faith and offer valuable gifts. Their involvement enriches every aspect of Church life. They are not just the recipients of catechesis—they are also its agents.

All persons with disabilities or special needs should be welcomed in the Church. Every person, however limited, is capable of growth in holiness. Some persons with disabilities live in isolating conditions that make it difficult for them to participate in catechetical experiences. ‘Since provision of access to religious functions is a pastoral duty,’ parishes should make that much more effort to include those who may feel excluded. The Church’s pastoral response in such situations is to learn about the disability, offer support to the family, and welcome the child.” (NDC USCCB, Par. 49)

NEW Adaptive Finding God curriculum for grades 1-8+ from Loyola Press

Adaptive Reconciliation, First ​Eucharist and Confirmation Preparation Kits. For learners with limited language, includes picture missal, interactive activities and teaching guide. Available on loan from the Office for Persons with Disabilities (419-244-6711) or for purchase from Loyola Press. 

Free from the Apple App Store: Sacraments 1 2 3

Sacraments 123 App

From the Diocese of Wichita, a video on Teaching the Mass.

Mass without Tears: Autism at Mass

Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments for Persons with Disabilities

Catechesis and Disability, 3-part series, DVD and Resource CD. Available on loan from the Office for Persons with Disabilities (419-244-6711) or for purchase at http://www.ncpd.org/node/1118

University of Dayton Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation
Certificate in Special Needs

Special Needs Information Sheet

Individualized Religious Education Plan

Links listed on this site are provided for information puposes only and are not necessarily sponsored by the Diocese of Toledo.

August 4 - 6, 2017, Widewater Retreat and Ministry Center, Liberty Center, Ohio

Family Camp is a weekend retreat devoted to renewing the mind, body and spirit of families with children with disabilities.

Registration opens in March 2017.

Here are some Camp activities:

  • Swimming
  • Sports  & Games - indoor and outdoor
  • Camp fire
  • Fishing
  • Canoes, Kayaks and Paddle boats
  • Crafts
  • Wagon rides
  • Giant Slip n' Slide
  • Catholic Mass
  • Parent session
  • Sibs session

Family Camp Weekend starts with Friday evening dinner and ends Sunday after lunch. Registration includes six meals, two nights lodging, and all activities. A Saturday-only option is also available.

If you want more information, contact Marsha, Coordinator of the Office for Persons with Disabilities, Diocese of Toledo
419-214-4938
800-926-8277 (outside of Toledo)
mrivas@toledodiocese.org

Family Camp Facebook page

Family Camp 2013 Video

Family Camp 2012 Video