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MARCH IS DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH

By Michelle Goetz, Project Coordinator  

Did you know that President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987? In fact, 2018 marks the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Presidential Proclamation that designated March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.  

This movement created an opportunity to promote respect and equality for people with disabilities; disabilities that are outwardly obvious (a person who is in a wheelchair or uses a cane for the visually impaired), while others are not so apparent (mental disability which can affect the way a person thinks, learns, speaks, etc.).    

In 2017, Governor Rick Snyder stated that approximately 57 million people nationwide have a disability, and approximately 178,606 people in Michigan have a developmental disability.  Michiganders with and without disabilities work together, play together, worship together, learn together and grow together.  

People with developmental disabilities are valuable and contributing members of our community who are capable of meeting or exceeding society’s expectations and standards. They are co-workers, friends, family, parents, classmates, and neighbors who should be fully included in their communities. Please share this post to help continue and promote this movement.  For further information, go to these helpful websites:  

  1. http://www.alhs-health.com/news/march-is-developmental-disabilities-awareness-month/  
  2. https://nacdd.org/ddam/  
  3. http://thementornetwork.com/our-stories/celebrating-developmental-disabilities-awareness-month/  
  4. http://www.thearcfamilyinstitute.org/spceial-campiangs/developmental-disability-awareness-month/dd-month-home-page.html  
  5. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/07/27/7-facts-about-americans-with-disabilities/

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