19 May 2019

Tullamore Parish - Accessible church and community for all 
Autism and Intellectual Disability 

 

Dear friends, 

Let us take time to learn more about the ways in which we can accommodate and support members of our community with autism or intellectual disability. 

Together we can communicate.

Together we can welcome each individual, supporting them and their families as valued members of the church. 

If your family includes a person with disability who may benefit from visually oriented resources and other supports to participate fully in the liturgy and parish life please use our website resource.

 

How to support our accessible church and community  

Some tips for parishioners 

1. The presence of children is a gift to our church and community. Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents. 

2. Introduce yourself to a family in the community that has been touched by Autism or Intellectual Disability. Autism and Disability can create social isolation for the individual and family; connecting with others can build community and encourage faith.

3. When talking to an individual with Autism or Intellectual Disability speaking clearly and using short sentences can help. The person is less likely to feel overloaded by information and so is able to process what you say. 

4. Some individuals may find it difficult to attend a full mass event. They may need to move around or to take a break. Their parents may bring books, headphones or other resources for them. 

5. Every person is a gift from God, has a human and universal need of a spiritual connection to God our father in heaven and His son, Jesus Christ. Support people to participate and contribute according to their abilities and strengths and enjoy being valid members of our congregation. 

6. Small or home prayer groups or bible study groups can be a very good way for people with Autism or Intellectual Disability to get to know people in an easier environment and be included. 

7. Remember we are all made in the image and likeness of God and therefore have intrinsic value and worth. 

 

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well"  (Psalm 139:14)

 

 MY MASS BOOK

"My Mass Book" is a specially designed resource to help people with Autism or Intellectual Disability to follow the Mass. It is available for Smartphone, Ipad or Laptop at this link    <<Click Here>>

From there, "My Mass Book" can also be downloaded and printed.

 

We hope "My Mass Book" helps you to follow and participate in the mass.

A description of the layout and format of the book: 

Words in red present options for a particular prayer or other description of attitude or behaviour. 

Words in italics are spoken by the priest or Deacon. 

Words not in italics or bold face print describe actions. 

Words in grey and italics are spoken Softly by the priest. 

Words in Boldface print are spoken by the assembly (the people attending and participating in the mass.) 


WE GO TO MASS

"We Go To Mass" is a single page guide to the prayers and gestures of Mass. <<Click Here>> to open the link.

 

 

CREDITS

The resources used in this page were provided by the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.

The Order of the Mass Worship Aid, Chicago. Liturgy Training Publications, 2011.

Pictures: The Picture Communication Symbols © 1981- 2013 by DynaVox Mayer-Johnson  LLC.

All rights reserved worldwide. Used with permission. Pictures from the internet, Masses in parishes of the Archdiocese of Newark. 

A PRAISE Resource - Pesons Recognised Affirmed Included by Spirit-filled Education.

Pastoral ministry with Persons with Disabilities, Newark Archdiocese.