March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

“Our Community is Better Together” is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2012. The Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities and other related organizations celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month every March and invite you to consider the true meaning of this year’s theme, “Our Community is Better Together.” Statewide, and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability.“Our Community is Better Together” encourages people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship, and schools everyone wins. This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the individuals we serve. “During ‘Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we encourage people to learn more about the over 600 people in this community who have developmental disabilities and to recognize that all of us have talents and abilities that we can offer to make this a better place to live. ‘Together’ we can accomplish more.”

The Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities will celebrate its recognition of March as DD Awareness Month with the Disability Awareness Festival on March 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Beacon School. During March, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we encourage everyone to get acquainted with someone who has a developmental disability. You’ll learn that everyone has something to offer and that and when we are all together our communities are stronger, we accomplish more, and everyone wins!