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Two students with Down syndrome pictured in Catholic school uniforms
FaithShort Take
J.D. Flynn
Our parish school has decided that welcoming children with significant disabilities is an important part of its Catholic identity and a big part of forming all children to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
Children place Easter lilies on a lawn during an event in Dublin on March 15, 2020. (CNS photo/Brian Lawless, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Hargaden
The misogynistic language of the old Constitution may be removed, but in its place will be clauses that relinquish the state of any real responsibility to support family caregivers, critics say.
Special needs student Peter Marvin, a freshman, completes an assignment with the assistance of Landon Lewis, a senior and one of his peer mentors, at DeSmet Jesuit High School in St. Louis on Sept. 6, 2023
FaithJesuit School Spotlight
Tom Tracy
At De Smet, students with disabilities attend four classes with their peers, including physical education/health, theology, art and music.
FaithFaith in Focus
Wayne Barr
Where my disability was once restrictive, I now see it as liberating and redemptive.
Christopher Parker
Young adults with autism have few places to turn when the services they received as children end. This leads many autistic adults to live at home for years with parents who worry for their children as they age.
a photo of the new barbie with down syndrome and a photo of the author smiling next to her 13-year-old daughter who has down syndrome and her sister, who is in her 40s, who also has down syndrome
FaithFaith in Focus
Elizabeth Newton
My sister, who has Down syndrome, never had dolls that looked like her growing up. Today, my kids can play with a Barbie who has Down syndrome, which allows all children to welcome people with disabilities.