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Developmental Disability Awareness Month

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March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month

The month-long campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. Our community is comprised of various abilities and differences.

Orange is the official color of DD Awareness Month. Show us your orange! 

We are beautiful. We are integrated. We live and work amongst each other.

All areas of community life are not accessible for everyone. We can do better. Let's create awareness to make all things accessible for everyone in our community.

What is a Developmental Disability (DD)?

Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, may impact day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime.1

Another similar term you might hear is intellectual disability (ID). Intellectual disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 18.2

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Inclusion

An inclusive community is a place where people with disabilities have freedom, equality, and opportunity to participate fully in their community. Some people with disabilities may need supports so they can fully participate in their communities.

Accessibility

Many people with disabilities want to live independently in the community. And with the right supports and services, that can become a reality!

You can help make your community inclusive and accessible:

  • Educate

    Educate others about the abilities people with developmental disabilities possess. For example, some disabilities are visible (a person who uses a wheelchair or crutches to ambulate), while other disabilities may not be easily recognized or seen by the eye (cognitive impairments that affect the way a person speaks, learns, or interacts with others).

  • Employ

    Competitive, integrated employment is a key part of living a meaningful and inclusive life in the community for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). However, the majority of people with I/DD remain either unemployed or underemployed despite their ability, desire, and willingness to work.3

  • Community Living

    Community living and participation means being able to live where and with whom you choose; work and earn a living wage; participate in meaningful community activities based on personal interests; have relationships with friends, family and significant others; be physically and emotionally healthy; be able to worship where and with whom you choose (if desired); have opportunities to learn, grow and make informed choices; and carry out responsibilities of citizenship such as paying taxes and voting.4

1 Developmental Disabilities: Delivery of Medical Care for Children and Adults. I. Leslie Rubin and Allen C. Crocker. Philadelphia, Pa, Lea & Febiger, 1989.

2 American Association of Intellectual Disabilities website accessed 02/10/2020 at https://www.aaidd.org/intellectual-disability/definition.

3 The Arc website accessed 02/10/2020 at https://thearc.org/policy-advocacy/employment-training-and-wages/.

4 American Association of Intellectual Disabilities website accessed 02/10/2020 at https://www.aaidd.org/news-policy/policy/position-statements/community-living-and-participation.

March Events Calendar

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Featured Events

Join us March 21 or 22 for Peanut Butter Falcon:

Sie Film Center
Snacks provided
Panel discussion to follow
Reserve your seats now!