March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Monarch is joining a grassroots initiative to help raise awareness about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
The goal of Developmental Disabilities Month is to allow local communities to see that individuals with I/DD are 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.
On top of the many activities and events during the month, The Arc, an advocacy organization for those with I/DD, has chosen March 29 as a day for individuals with I/DD to be out in their community to engage with people and raise public awareness about the issues facing individuals with disabilities. Monarch day programs and homes across the state are planning activities to promote inclusion and to raise awareness. Please find Monarch on Facebook to see photos from those events.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In his proclamation he invited "all individual, agencies and organizations concerned with the problem of developmental disabilities to observe this month with appropriate observances and activities directed toward increasing public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities."
So what are some things you can do this month? Look for additional opportunities to volunteer or work with someone who has an I/DD and, in the process, help raise awareness and generate conversations. This movement will serve to harness our collective power to gain allies, foster understanding, dispel myths and encourage people without disabilities to recognize that we're not so different after all.
To learn more about Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and how you can participate in the observance, please visit http://www.thearc.org/lets-go-out. For details about how you can join Monarch's efforts, call (800) 230-7525.