Intellectual 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.  


Intellectual Disabilities (formerly known as Mental Retardation) is characterized both by a significantly below-average score on a test of mental ability and by limited ability to function in these areas of daily life: communication, self-care, and getting along in social situations and academic activities. Also referred to as a cognitive disability.  Approximately seven to eight million Americans of all ages experience some level of intellectual disability.  Nearly 614,000 children (ages 3 to 21)  have an intellectual disability which requires need special education in school. People with intellectual disability can and do learn new skills, but they develop more slowly than children with average intelligence and adaptive skills. Intellectual disability can  range from mild to profound.  Please consider the tools and resources provided here for those with Dyslexia and refer to links for other specific disabilities on the left sidebar.



American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The President’s Committee for Person with Intellectual Disabilities



ASPIRE - has served children and adults with cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, autism and other neurological impairments developmental disabilities since 1947. They offer a variety of support and services.


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For more assistance from the Diocesan Disability Action Team, contact Sharon Urbaniak or call 716-847-5514.

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