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  1. Welcoming Persons with Disabilities

  2. The same Jesus who heard the cry for recognition from the people with disabilities of Judea and Samaria 2,000 years ago calls us, His followers, to embrace our responsibility to our own disabled brothers and sisters in the United States.Pastoral Statement of U.S. Bishops on Persons with Disabilities

  3. “My greatest suffering is not in my disability but in the attitudes of others” young blind mother

  4. 54.4 million Americans (18.7%) have a disability ; 35 million (12%) have a severe disability

  5. Less than 14% of the disabled population claims to be Christian, and more than one-half of all families experiencing disability are outside of any organized religion.

  6. Less than 30% of Families with a disabled member … Found supportwithin theirchurch

  7. 84-91% of pregnancies end in abortion when the prenatal diagnosis is Down Syndrome.

  8. 64% Of disabled children are likely to be abused

  9. Divorce rate of families with a disabled child is 85%

  10. 70 to 90% of people with intellectual disabilities in the United States are estimated to be unemployed. Unemployment

  11. 60% of Americans do not believe that children with intellectual disabilities should be educated in their child’s school.

  12. AUTISM Prevalence is estimated at 1 in 91 to 1 in 100 births 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder Fastest growing developmental disability with 1,148% growth rate

  13. “People with disabilities are not looking for pity. They seek to serve the community and to enjoy their full baptismal rights as members of the church.” Pastoral Statement of U.S. Bishops on Persons with Disabilities

  14. “There can be no separate church for persons with disabilities. We are one flock that serves a single shepherd.” Pastoral Statement of U.S. Bishops on Persons with Disabilities

  15. Statistical information gathered from the following web sites: • www.ncpd.org • www.cdc.gov • http://codi.buffalo.edu • www.uscensus.gov/population • www.autism-society.org • www.physiciansforlife.org

  16. Contact Information Office for Disabilities Ministry Archdiocese of Baltimore Bill Fleming 320 Cathedral St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-547-5410 bfleming@archbalt.org