Spread Some Awareness in Your World!
February 23, 2012 Prism Newsletter
By Shelly DeButts
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month thanks to a 1987 Presidential Proclamation which was the direct result of the efforts of The Arc and other organizations dedicated to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). A lot has changed since then, more people with I/DD are living and thriving in their communities rather than institutions, there are more opportunities, more protections and more respect for and inclusion of people with I/DD in their communities. But there’s still work to be done. Let’s take advantage of March as our time to recognize the unique challenges and celebrate their unique contributions of people with I/DD. Use this month to speak up, speak out and raise some awareness in your world. Learn more about I/DD and Autism Spectrum Disorders at The Arc (ww.thearc.org) and Autism NOW Center (ww.autismnow.org) and follow The Arc and Autism NOW on Facebook, Twitter (Autism NOW and The Arc) and our blogs (The Arc Blog and the Autism NOW Center Blog) during March for special posts about Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
Shelly DeButts is The Arc’s Marketing Associate.