Right, because becoming active in your parish might help to be able to afford to staff and train to provide for special needs. I also think you might have wanted to contact the diocesean religious education office, because there are actually several parishes around that offer religious education specifically for autistic children. I know this because my wife taught a class of 4 autistic kids ranging from high to mid functioning all with different IEP needs.It's about time!!
I was a parochial school child from 1-12 grades. My parents put all seven of us through Catholic school, and the expectaitions were palpable.
When my oldest was diagnosed with special needs at 4 years old, I began researching other 'private' school options.
When I called my parish school, told them I had an autistic daughter, and asked them what they had to offer, the line went dead with silence -- crickets.
When I called the private Christian Academies, same deal. Crickets.
When I called the local Montessori schools, it was worse. Here is a whole style of education developed from working with children with special needs. The Director was stunningly ignorant on the issue of differentiated instruction, but solicited applicants by appealing to an 'individual' education for each child ~ well, each non-disabled child.
All of the above said "we don't service those children. Why don't you call your public school?"
So, when both of my kids were enrolled in public school, my very-Catholic parents had to eat crow. Oh, and I had to be my daughter's CCD teacher, too.
And my mother still wonders why I'm not more active in my parish....
Yo should feel free to volunteer your time to teaching others. Then perhaps you could pick up your fork and have a heapin' helpin' of crow for yourself.