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March is Developmental Disabilities Month

ManGivingThumbsUp"Look Beyond" is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2013. The Arc US, Monarch and other related organizations will join nationwide to observe and to raise awareness. Each person is asked to consider the true meaning of this year’s topic, “Look Beyond.”

Statewide, and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability. “Look Beyond” encourages people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship, and schools everyone wins, according, Dr. Peggy Terhune, Monarch CEO.

“This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the individuals we serve," said Terhune.

During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Monarch, The Arc of Stanly and The Arc US encourage people to learn more about the approximately 54 million people – that’s one in every five people – in the United States living with a disability, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Disability. This is an important time to recognize that all people have talents and abilities that make this a better place to live.

During this month, Monarch will host a series of Spread the Word to End the Word (see story below) to raise awareness and to encourage people to avoid the use of the "R-word." To learn more about Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, click here.

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