March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is dedicated to providing encouragement and opportunities for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities to reach their potential and live a fulfilled life. This includes, providing the opportunity for individuals to become productive members of the workforce, encouraging them to be self-advocates, and providing additional support services. This month is also focused on educating our communities on the needs and barriers that these individuals face.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan announced Proclamation 5613 naming March National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month:
“New opportunities have been created through the efforts of those with developmental disabilities and their family members, along with professionals and officials at all levels of government. Working together, they have brought about significant changes in the public perception of young people and adults with developmental disabilities, opening new doors to independent and productive lives.” – President Reagan