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Monarch’s VOC takes part in Developmental Disabilities Awareness parade in Randolph County

For Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, The Arc encouraged people to plan a day out with friends and family and, in the process, help raise awareness and generate conversations about people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).

paradeMonarch’s Vocational Opportunities in the Community (VOC) in Asheboro decided to take it a step further and partnered with the Randolph County Mayor’s Committee for Disabled Persons to organize a parade.

There were more than 500 people who marched in the parade, according to an article that appeared in the Asheboro Courier Tribune. Participants gathered in front of the First Baptist Church in Asheboro, and walked half a mile to Bicentennial Park. 

As the parade neared the park, Queen’s “We are the Champions” blasted from the speakers and everyone cheered, clapped and a few people danced.
Once everyone assembled, Asheboro Mayor David Smith took the stage and told those in the crowd: “We’re here to let the rest of the world know that you are real people, just like everybody else.”

Following the mayor’s speech, one of Monarch’s VOC participants, Lindsay Jackson, spoke about the Aktion Club, a Kiwanis service club for adults with disabilities. Many of the people from Monarch’s homes in Randolph County participate in the club. Monarch’s Movers & Shakers hand bell choir also performed. The final selection presented by the choir was “Beautiful Things” and choir members signed along to the words.

The event ended with a balloon release and participants danced, enjoyed refreshments and met new people in the community. 

“We’re more alike than different,” said parade organizer and VOC site manager Bunny Schoolcraft. “This day has been a true celebration.”

Check out a few of the videos below from the parade:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEGLb_0r_sk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrWvf-j7yT0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr9Rq9wkkZ4&feature=youtu.be

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