disabilities

MO ABLE program meets long-term savings needs of people with disabilities

A new program in Missouri allows people with disabilities to save for long-term disability-related expenses via tax-free savings accounts.

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt announced the launch of the MO ABLE program in April. Similar to the 529 college savings plan, Missourians who contribute to ABLE accounts will be eligible for a tax deduction of up to $8,000, or $16,000 if married and filing jointly.

Parents of children with disabilities now have a resource

Crystal Showers-Maynard played with her son Jace when she got home from work. Jace was born with myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida in which the spinal cord and spinal canal does not properly close. Throughout her pregnancy Showers-Maynard received help from Birthright’s The Melissa’s Smile Assistance Program.

Thirty two weeks into her pregnancy, Crystal Maynard received worrisome news.

A prenatal care visit revealed that her unborn son, Jace, had myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida in which the spinal cord and spinal canal do not properly form.

"I Googled about 80 million articles," she recalled after learning the news. "My entire world changed in just one day."

Editorial | Another way to show respect for life

Respect for life takes many forms, as shown in an article in the Review this week. Rose Gronemeyer, a special education teacher at Sacred Heart School in Florissant for nearly four decades, and several friends opened the Village of the Blue Rose in 2000 to provide a safe, nurturing environment for young adults with special needs — a place where after their education they could live, work and — most of all — grow in body, mind and spirit.

Spread the word: People with disabilities belong

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) spreads the Gospel by spreading the word that people with disabilities belong in the Church.

"By virtue of our baptism, everyone belongs," said Janice Benton, executive director of the NCPD. "If you recognize that and appreciate people for who they are and are open to those relationships, then we all will be the best Church we can be to each other."

Synod report highlights pastoral care of society's marginalized

VATICAN CITY -- While they did not grab headlines, the elderly and people with disabilities, openness to life and the plight of migrants and refugees were also on the agenda of the Synod of Bishops on the family.

The synod's final report, which was approved Oct. 24, addressed the pastoral needs of those who are often cast aside to the margins of society, those who are often neglected and abandoned in a world that places profit over value.

Sponsor says aim of bill on 'wrongful birth' suits to protect disabled

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., has introduced the Every Child Is a Blessing Act to combat "wrongful birth" lawsuits and prevent discrimination against children born with disabilities.

Wrongful birth cases are based on the grounds that parents would have aborted their child if they knew that he or she would be born with a disability.

As a Catholic and a staunch pro-life supporter, Palazzo said that after "coming across this disturbing trend of lawsuits, I created this bill in order to prevent discrimination and protect life."

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