March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Published 10:10 am Tuesday, March 12, 2024

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Montgomery, Ala. – March marks the observance of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, with this year’s campaign theme being “A World of Opportunities.” This initiative serves as a catalyst to promote awareness regarding the inclusion and contributions of individuals with developmental disabilities, emphasizing collaborative efforts to eliminate barriers.

To celebrate, the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) and the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) are spotlighting the myriad ways in which individuals, both with and without disabilities, unite to create resilient and diverse communities.

At ADMH and the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD), we acknowledge the significance of inclusion, recognizing approximately 2.5 percent, or 120,000 Alabamians, are either born with or develop a disability. Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month underscores the importance of understanding the correlation between individuals’ functioning and their societal participation, aiming to ensure equal opportunities for everyone in all facets of life to the best of their abilities.

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It is imperative that individuals with disabilities have equitable access to employment and community engagement opportunities, paralleling those available to those without disabilities. This approach empowers them to build self-confidence, leverage their skills, and pursue their aspirations.

Darryle Powell, Executive Director (ACDD) said “As we reflect on our theme A World of Opportunities, we should all highlight diversity, equity, and inclusion in every aspect of life to support persons with ID and DD.”

Alabamians with developmental disabilities should be afforded the chance to lead fulfilling lives, fostering independence and productivity within local communities. This encompasses access to supported employment, housing, education, and recreation. ADMH remains dedicated in its commitment to aiding individuals in reaching their full potential through meaningful connections and support. By providing assistance, individuals with disabilities can discover their voice, identify their strengths, and lead enriched lives.

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