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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Portsmouth Herald - 3/13/2018
Since 1987, March has been designated National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. One Sky Community Services is taking the opportunity to not only celebrate the many contributions people with developmental disabilities make to our community, but raise awareness about including people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life.
When President Reagan signed a proclamation officially declaring March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, he helped to reaffirm that "Americans are becoming increasingly aware that such disabilities need not keep individuals from realizing their full potential in school, at work or at home, as valued members of their families and of their communities".
Statewide, 12,000 adults and children have a developmental disability or acquired brain disorder and yet we have so much to learn about what they can offer to our society. During the month of March everyone should focus on inclusion and helping everyone in our state live more self-determined independent lives.
Every day One Sky Community Services advocates for positive policies that create systems change for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. "This month we will continue the legacy of building bridges of inclusion," Chris Muns, CEO of One Sky, said. "This is a time for communities to come together, get more involved and become more responsive by embracing individuals with developmental disabilities and supporting policy changes that affect them."
Anyone who is interested in learning more or would like to know how they can help raise awareness, please reach out to One Sky Community Services at 603-436-6111 and ask for Billie Tooley, Director of Development and Outreach, or go to our website, www.oneskyservices.org.