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Who are we?

Jeremy LeLean

My name is Jeremy LeLean, I am a parent with three children, two of whom have additional needs.

I am an experienced catechist who is keen to share my experience of passing on the Faith of the Church to those with additional needs. 

Sister Carino

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My name is Sr Carino Hodder and I am a Dominican Sister of St Joseph based in the New Forest. I work as a First Holy Communion catechist in a parish in Southampton and I am also studying theology at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham.

Jo Donaldson

My name is Jo Donaldson, I work for the Diocese of Portsmouth as part of Caritas as well as working with youth. I’m an experienced Catechist and have a good understanding of special needs education, having completed a shared degree with this and psychology.

What do we do?

We Are Acceptional

We are Acceptional enables people to fulfil the unique role given to them as members of the Body of Christ. This extends to people with additional needs themselves but also allows for the exploration of what catechesis might look like as part of this process. 

We Are Acceptional
Making Level Paths For Your Feet

This verse from the Book of Proverbs encourages us to help those who find difficulties in their journey towards God. In turn it shows us an image of the Church in which these barriers are removed, so that all are set free to walk in the path of holiness. 

Making Level Paths For Your Feet
Finding Your Roots

We are Acceptional supports people with additional needs and their parents, carers and catechists in their journey of Faith. The specially designed Roots map enables people with additional needs to participate fully in the life of the Church, through parish programmes and individually tailored catechesis. We are Acceptional also acts as a central, reliable space to find resource and best practice.

Finding Your Roots

Get in Touch

We'd love to hear from you!

Parent

If you’re a parent or carer of someone with additional needs and would like to know more about how We are Acceptional can support you or to find out more about the Roots process, please drop us a line

One of us will get back to introduce themselves and talk some more about your needs and how We are Acceptional can help to meet these, then we can go from there. 

Parents
Catechists and Priests

If you’re a priest or catechist working in a parish and would like to know more about how to include people with additional needs in your catechesis, then please get in touch.

One of us will get back to you and explain the Roots process in more detail and how this works in practice with your sacramental programmes. 

Catechists and Priests
How Can I Help?

If you’d like to join as a supporter We are Acceptional would love to hear from you.

The harvest is rich…. If you’d like to support our work but feel that this may not be for you then your prayer is greatly appreciated, especially if you can ask for the prayers of our patron Blessed Margaret of Castello.  

How can I help?