March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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.  

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 986-1582 or natasha.suber@monarchnc.org.