In the United States, there are over 6 million individuals that have developmental disabilities. These disabilities can include autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, intellectual disability, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and traumatic brain injuries.
Since 1987, the month of March is known as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In his proclamation, the late President Ronald Reagan shared this month as an opportunity for “increasing public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.” He went on to urge all citizens to provide individuals with disabilities “encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”
This month, Echoing Hills encourages you to learn more about developmental disabilities, especially related to individuals and their abilities. It takes everyone to create diverse and inclusive communities full of strength, compassion, understanding, and love.