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Providing Support in the Struggle and Hope for Hard Times

Accepting the Gift provides Catholic special needs parents with the resources they need to thrive in their unique vocation.

A message from Founder and Executive Director, Kelly Mantoan.

Today, across the United States, there are children with disabilities who are denied access to the sacraments and religious education by their parishes. There are dioceses with no disability ministry to support struggling Catholic special needs parents raising a child or children with disabilities. Accepting the Gift is here to help parents learn to advocate for their children, provide support where none is offered, and distribute free and affordable resources so all children can learn about their faith.

founder of accepting the gift kelly mantoan

Learn more about our unique religious education curriculum. Its multi-sensory approach is designed to help children of all abilities learn about their faith!

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Our ministry is motivated by the words of Our Lord

People were bringing little children to him so that he might touch them, and the disciples sternly rebuked them. But when Jesus became aware of this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not hinder them. For it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up into his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Mark 10:13-16