Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

disability awarenessNational Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month has been celebrated every March since 1987 when President Ronald Regan issued a public proclamation. The month is held to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with disabilities.” With events going on throughout the month, people get to celebrate and create dialogue that leads to improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.

A lot has changed since the first public proclamation came out. Individuals are living out in their communities and thriving, rather than solely living in an institution. Self-advocacy and advocacy for those with a disability were the catalyst for a lot of the positive societal changes that have occurred. DD Awareness month addresses employment, education, and community living for individuals. Through various activities, people with and without a disability have the opportunity to come together to form diverse, lasting bonds.

At Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC), we like to empower all of the individuals we work with to advocate and educate others on the importance of inclusion and their ability to be part of the community like everyone else. We do this by providing online and in person trainings on various topics, as well as iPad Trainings to help individuals learn about emergency preparedness, friendship, summer safety, etc. We also have a plethora of resources and publications that highlight specific physical and behavioral health needs for an individual, their family and/or support team.

As we continue to celebrate this year, share stories, photos, and resources by using the hashtag #DDAwareness2020 and be sure to check out some of the local events listed below:

  • Fun to have Fun with Access Philly Program and Art Demo: March 4

 7:00 pm - 8:00pm – Organizer and Venue: Vision for Equality (718 Arch Street, #6N Philadelphia, PA 19106)

  • Session 5: Disability Smart Events: Welcoming, not simply accommodating- Webinar: March 11th

2:00 pm- 3:00pm – Organizer FISA Foundation

  • Transition to adulthood and waivers trainings- Montgomery County: March 14th at 9:00am- 3:00pm Located at GIANT Food 315 Old York Rd Willow Grove, PA 19090

Organizer: PEAL Center

  • Community Forum about Person-Directed Services (PDS)- March 18th at 10:00 am -1:00 pm Organizer: Institute on Disabilities, Temple University

Located at Temple University Harrisburg, Room 246/248, 234 Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17101

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