March- Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

“A World of Opportunities” – we’re celebrating people and working together to remove obstacles. Our goal is to build a community that’s committed to creating a world where everyone can do well and succeed. Join us in making a world where all kinds of people have the chance to thrive. Quoted from the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities website-

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In 1987 Congress passed Public Law 99-483 which designated March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This law enabled President Ronald Reagan to sign a proclamation that officially declared this.

President Ronald Reagen included in his Proclamation the following statement, “I urge all Americans to join me in according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”

What does this mean for us locally? We embrace the traits that each individual has. Everyone has a right to have a seat at the table and work together for a better tomorrow. It is time that we focus on someone’s abilities instead of their disabilities.

Individuals with developmental disabilities face stigma and discrimination due to a lack of understanding in society. By increasing awareness and education, communities can work towards creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for everyone.

As Developmental Disability Awareness Month comes to an end, let’s carry forward the spirit of empathy, understanding, and support throughout the year. By working together to create a more inclusive and accessible society, we can make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

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