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National Disability Awareness Month


March 2nd, 2023

By: UCCS Media


March is National Developmental Disability Awareness Month, a time when we come together to promote inclusion, acceptance, and understanding for individuals with developmental disabilities. This came into motion on February 26, 1987. President Ronald Reagan was in office and he officially declared Proclamation 5613 making March National Disabilities Awareness Month.


The purpose of this proclamation is to raise awareness about developmental disabilities and to promote the rights, dignity, and well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities. Throughout the month, organizations and advocates work to educate the public about the challenges faced by those with developmental disabilities and to promote policies and practices that support their inclusion and full participation in society.


One of the main goals of National Developmental Disability Awareness Month is to promote acceptance and understanding of individuals with developmental disabilities. This involves challenging stereotypes and misconceptions and highlighting the unique abilities and contributions of individuals with developmental disabilities. It also means promoting inclusive policies and practices that ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities have equal access to education, employment, healthcare, and other essential services.

Another important goal of National Developmental Disability Awareness Month is to provide support and resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. This includes connecting families with services and programs that can help them navigate the challenges of caring for a loved one with a developmental disability, as well as providing education and training to individuals with developmental disabilities to help them develop essential life skills and achieve their full potential.


Throughout National Developmental Disability Awareness Month, there are many ways to get involved and make a difference. You can volunteer at a local organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities, participate in a fundraising event, or simply educate yourself and others about the challenges faced by those with developmental disabilities. By working together, we can promote inclusion, acceptance, and understanding for all individuals, regardless of their abilities or disabilities.

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