Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

This month is the perfect opportunity to take more steps towards inclusion and to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Since 1987, when President Ronald Reagan designated March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Americans have recognized this month as a pivotal opportunity to endorse inclusivity. As we follow this awareness observance, we celebrate the progress made in enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities while acknowledging the persisting challenges they face.

Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, discriminatory practices against people with disabilities have been outlawed, catalyzing the adoption of inclusive employment policies across workplaces nationwide.

Expanding the conversation

The discourse surrounding the fundamental rights of people with developmental disabilities has evolved significantly over the years. Today, we move beyond mere acknowledgment to spotlight the remarkable strides made in promoting diverse and inclusive communities where individuals of all abilities thrive.

Recent studies have shown that over six million people and almost one in every six children in the United States has one of these types of developmental disabilities:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Intellectual disability
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Learning disabilities (including hearing loss or vision impairment)
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Observing Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

In March 2024, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), alongside its partners, led initiatives highlighting the importance of inclusion and accessibility. Through many campaigns, we encourage all to share experiences on social media platforms, showcasing advancements in education, employment, and community integration.

This year, NACDD’s theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, “A World of Opportunities,” emphasizes collaborative efforts to dismantle barriers and nurture communities where everyone can flourish. March is also a time for reflection on the progress made and the work that still lies ahead to create a more inclusive society.

At Signature Health Services, we embrace the opportunity to educate ourselves on the daily challenges faced by people with developmental disabilities. We deeply emphasize the need for inclusion in all facets of life and aim to meet the unique conditions of those under our care with compassion and dedication.

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