The mission of the Catholic Coalition for Special Education is to ensure that children with special needs are able to attend, and receive an appropriate education in their local Catholic elementary schools and high schools. In the words of Pope Benedict XVI “no child should be denied his or her right to an education in faith, which in turn nurtures the soul of a nation.” CCSE provides grants and technical assistance to help Catholic schools located in the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington achieve this goal.
“Throughout its history, the faith-filled ministry of CCSE has seen the presence of God in every child with special needs, and it has helped others to appreciate this grace as well. CCSE and its benefactors show that we must never underestimate the gift that young people with intellectual or physical disabilities or other special learning needs provide a Catholic school community. Indeed, their very presence brings a new appreciation for life and teaches important lessons about diversity and human dignity.“
– Most Reverend Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
“The opportunity for all children to benefit from a Catholic School education is what drives the founders and the leaders of this wonderful organization. It is their mission to provide the funds that will enable Catholic Schools to have access to the resources they need to welcome all God’s children.“
– Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore
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