This year will mark the 34th Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month here in the USA. The deinstitutionalization movement of the sixties and seventies laid the foundation for significant social change, and the presidential proclamation which called upon Americans to provide the “encouragement and opportunities” necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential.
The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), Premier Community Services and other partners are participating in a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.
The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.
NACDD, who is leading the charge, said they selected this year’s official logo from the DC studio “Art Enables”. This year’s artwork was created by Eileen Schofield.
“We want to use this campaign to showcase the excellent work that is being done to celebrate and improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities,” the NACDD said on its website.
This year instead of encouraging gatherings, the NACDD is asking those who want to participate to:
Tweet photos, artwork and stories
Use the hashtag #DDawarenes2021
Hope to see you there!
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