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I/DD Awareness Month

Posted on Mar 13, 2024 at 13:07 PM

Happy March!  It's officially Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, an opportunity to celebrate the inclusion of people with disabilities in civic and social life to create strong and diverse communities.

The first National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month was observed in 1987, following decades of advocacy and efforts to raise awareness about developmental disabilities.

The event was officially created by Congress when it passed Public Law 99 – 483, which designated the month of March as “National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” and authorized the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this event. When President Ronald Reagan signed the Presidential proclamation declaring March “National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month”, he wrote:

“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.”

This month also provides the opportunity to raise awareness about the many barriers that people with disabilities still face in achieving both self-determination and full societal inclusion.

We are so proud to serve the valued members of our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities and are excited for the fun things we have in store for them this month!

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