Developmental Disabilities Awareness MonthThe Arc Celebrates Developmental Disability Awareness Month in March
The Arc is banding together with its 700+ network of chapters across the nation to mark Developmental Disability (DD) Awareness Month in March. Powered by the energy of self-advocates, families and volunteers around the country, the month will commemorate the progress toward improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and stress the challenges that remain in achieving full inclusion for people with I/DD.
Nearly a quarter century ago, it was The Arc’s advocacy that spurred President Ronald Reagan to officially proclaim March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In bringing I/DD to the forefront, the proclamation underscores the pride and the promise of people with I/DD in achieving the same dreams of every American.
The presidential proclamation states, “For many of these people with developmental disabilities there is now the prospect of a brighter future and greater opportunity. 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 members of their families and of their communities.”
“People with I/DD and their families have come far in improving their lives and enjoying the same access as every other American to housing, education, employment, and more but there is still work to be done," said Peter V. Berns, CEO of The Arc. “DD Awareness Month reaffirms The Arc’s commitment of the past 60 years to provide opportunity, growth, change and respect for people with I/DD will full inclusion in the community,” Berns said.
Follow The Arc’s blog at www.thearc.org and find out what your local chapter is doing in your community and join in The Arc’s DD Awareness Month efforts in March.
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March 29th: A Day for AwarenessMarch 29: A Day for Awareness The Arc Plans for a National Day Out Event for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and The Arc invites you to join us on March 29 in a grassroots initiative to help raise awareness about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This one-day 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. Be sure to spread the word using the hashtag #DDAware on social media during the month of March. Follow The Arc online at www.facebook.com/thearcus or www.twitter.com/thearcus and be sure to show us what you end up doing on March 29 by sharing your photos using the hashtag #DDAware.
We are now taking applications for our "Healthy Relationships" class starting in August. See flyer below
FAMILIES IN ACTION
Families of children under 12 with a disability in Larimer, Weld or Boulder counties, who would like to receive advocacy training. We encourage all members of the family to attend the Families in Action Family Retreat.
The Arc of Colorado, The Arc of Larimer County, The Association for Community Living in Boulder County will be hosting a family retreat and advocacy training in Estes Park, Colorado for parents who have children twelve and under with disabilities. We have programming for parents, siblings, and individuals with I/DD. Childcare will be provided for children of all ages and abilities during the advocacy training. Families who apply and are selected will attend the retreat at no charge.
Estes Park, Colorado. We will be staying at the YMCA of The Rockies www.ymcarockies.org
We have rescheduled Families in Action to take place in late June of 2014. Families who were scheduled to attend will be offered first right of refusal.
The Arc of Weld County at (970) 353-5219
"The Arc of Weld County is a grassroots, non-profit organization committed to creating opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities."
Our goals are to ensure the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, to include them as contributing members of the team that develop plans for their lives, and to enhance the overall quality of their lives.
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