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Options Students Mia Butler and Veronica Caravan with their peer mentors at an end-of-year celebration.

Special education program focuses on ‘inclusive, student-centered, Catholic education’

Nov 4, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The Options Program is a special education program in all four high schools in the Diocese of Arlington that serves... Read more

Pastor of St. Augustine's, Fr. Peter Gori O.S.A. (right) and admissions director Paula O'Dea (left) hand Abby Aguedelo her diploma on graduation day.

‘A willingness to start with ‘yes’’: How one Catholic school graduated its first student with Down syndrome

Sep 13, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Tears flowed down the faces of Abigail “Abby” Agudelo’s classmates, as earlier this year she became the first student with... Read more

Immaculata Classical Academy. Courtesy photo.

How this classical Catholic school welcomes children with Down syndrome

Mar 21, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Students with Down syndrome study Latin and logic alongside their classmates at Immaculata Classical Academy, a Catholic school in Louisville,... Read more

A model poses at a fashion show featuring models with disabilities held Dec. 8 in New York City

Youth with special needs rock runway in NYC church

Dec 12, 2017

Last Friday night, more than 200 people gathered for a Times Square fashion show in New York City.  It wasn't... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with children through Google Hangouts, Feb. 5, 2015.

Tech-savvy Pope shares laughter, advice with special needs kids

Feb 5, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis virtually joined seven young people with disabilities and special needs in his second Google Hangout as pontiff, sharing... Read more

Portrait of a man with down syndrome.

How one CEO sees unrealized potential in special needs kids

Jan 20, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Special needs children can bring joy, grace and a potential to thrive in the workplace in a way that parents... Read more