Accepting the Gift was started by a special needs mom as a conference in 2019 with the goal to connect Catholic special needs parents with each other, as well as with great speakers and resources. But she quickly realized a once a year event wasn’t enough. Catholic special needs parents need the ability to connect year round and so, the name of the conference became the name of a new website, and apostolate, designed to empower each family in their mission as parents and caregivers. 

“All persons with disabilities have gifts to contribute to the whole Church. When persons with disabilities are embraced and welcomed, and invited to participate fully in all aspects of parish community life, the Body of Christ is more complete. “The Church owes persons with disabilities her best efforts in order to ensure that they are able to hear the Gospel of Christ, receive the sacraments, and grow in their faith in the fullest and richest manner possible.” 

Guidelines for the celebration of the sacraments with persons with disabilities, united states conference of catholic bishops