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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

March is nationally recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The month is devoted to raising the public’s awareness of developmental disabilities, teaching the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life and sharing stories of individuals with disabilities to show that a successful life in the community is possible! ID Action encourages all individuals with disabilities to find a way they can actively participate in their community to not only increase awareness but to demonstrate the important contributions that individuals with developmental disabilities make.

See Me for Me was the focus for this year’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The theme meant to shine a light on looking beyond someone’s disability. It encouraged the importance of seeing someone for who they are versus simply as a person with a disability.

“It is important to recognize the person and not the disability. By placing the person first, the disability is no longer the primary, defining characteristic of an individual but one of several aspects of the whole person. It eliminates generalizations and stereotypes by focusing on the person rather than the disability,” said Rik Shannon, Iowa DD Council public policy manager.

ID Action shared stories, videos and information throughout the month that detailed the See Me for Me effort. You can look back at the conversation on social media with the hashtag #DDAwareness18.