Developmental Disabilities

Our Church Opens Minds through awareness about the variety of disabilities that affect people every day.  There is no us and them when it comes to disabilities.   All people are differently-abled and all people will experience some disability, at least once in life. A parish Opens Minds whenever it takes concrete steps to exercise God's compassion for people who are differently-abled physically, mentally or emotionally. 


Developmental Disabilities include a diverse group of severe chronic conditions that are due to mental and/or physical impairments.  People have difficulties with major life activities such as language, mobility, learning, self-help, and independent living. These disabilities can begin from development up to 22 years of age. They usually last a person’s lifetime. Developmental Disabilities include: Autism Spectrum disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Loss, Intellectual Disability and vision impairment.  Please consider the tools and resources provided here for those with developmental disabilities and refer to links for other specific disabilities on the left sidebar.


National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry - supports inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities into the Catholic Church.


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development - offers health information about the various developmental disabilities.


Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York - is  a collaborative group of member voluntary agencies that provide services to people with developmental disabilities. While honoring individual agency missions, it is the intent of the Alliance to assist agencies to develop relationships, promote unified strategies and share risks for the mutual gain with and for the benefit of people with developmental disabilities.


Test your knowledge about Developmental Disabilities with a trivia Quiz at

Support Groups

Opening Doors: Family Support Group - 6:30 - 8:30pm on the last Tuesday of every month at the Early Childhood Direction Center/ People, Inc., 3131 Sheridan Dr. Amherst, NY 14226.   This group is for anyone who suspects that a child may have a developmental disability, or those in need of resources, or those needing support from other parents and caregivers of children with disabilities.


For more assistance from the Diocesan Disability Action Team, contact Dennis Mahaney or call 716-847-8393.

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