For Children with Learning Differences and Special Needs

“Disabled youth have a treasure chest, which must be shared with others”
– Pope Francis


The Instructional Support Advancement Committee raises funds to support the implementation of new programs, and expand existing programs in order to sustain Instructional Support for children with learning differences and special needs in grades K-12 throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg.

The committee serves as a resource and support system for families and will promote awareness to all key stakeholders in the Catholic Community.

There are not an adequate number of Catholic schools with the financial resources to provide Instructional Support Programs for children with special needs. As a result, families and children are turned away. Many families have difficulty navigating the system and understanding the regulations required to access proper resources for their children.

The Diocese of Harrisburg is partnering with Neumann University to provide training for qualified teachers to receive an Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement. Currently the Instructional Support Program in the Catholic School system enables our schools to serve a broad range of children. This training will give the teachers additional tools to teach students of all ages who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

Neumann University Information Flyer

The Cost per Teacher is $5000
The ISA committee proposes to raise funds to help offset teacher tuition for this program. With your help we are hoping to reach our goal of $45,000.


Mr. Daniel Breen

Superintendent of Catholic Schools and Secretary for Education

Mrs. Margaret Barrett

Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Government Programs

Mrs. Karen Luckie

Administrative Assistant for the Office of Catholic Education

Please make checks payable to:

(Education Autism Certificate in the memo line)
Diocese of Harrisburg
4800 Union Deposit Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17111