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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

3 DD Month JustinMarch is national Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and Monarch is joining in a grassroots initiative to help raise awareness about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). It is also why many of this month’s News & Notes stories feature the people we support and the ways they are an integral part of their communities.

The goal of Developmental Disabilities Month is to show that individuals with I/DD are really no different than everyone else.  People with disabilities enjoy evenings out with their friends and families, trips to the movies, fun on the playground and volunteering in their communities.

Justin Inscore, a participant of Monarch’s Stanly Industrial Services (SIS) in Albemarle, is extremely active in his community with bowling, Special Olympics, horseback riding and volunteering throughout the week at three different organizations.

Justin “has an outgoing personality, and is very well known by a lot of members of the community,” said Curtis Moore, Inscores developmental specialist. “He goes to Walmart and there are a dozen people who will come speak to him because he’s just that well known.”

Inscore spends five days a week volunteering at The Community Inn for Homes of Hope, Inc., a non-profit organization seeking to reduce homelessness in Stanly County. As of a result of his hard work, dedication and more than five years of service to the Community Inn, Inscore won a Certificate of Appreciation for “Outstanding Volunteer Service” by Community Inn Director Diane M. McClinton last year.

Moore said oftentimes people view someone with a disability as being incapable of being an active member of society, but she says that is not the case.

“Justin is very capable of doing a lot of things that anyone else could do,” McClinton shared. “It’s good for the community to be able to see and observe what he does and places he goes, because it helps them to be aware that having a disability doesn’t mean disabled.”

We had the chance to follow Justin as he volunteered this month. Click here to see a short video.

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