Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each March we celebrate Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “See Me for Me!” which highlights the importance of seeing a person with a disability for who they are and not just their disability. During this time, it is important to educate others, support individuals and break the mold of stereotypes that people have about individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Not all disabilities can be seen, but they can impact one’s life immensely and change the way things get done. With a disAbility, we like to focus on what an individual can do and not what they can’t or may have to do differently.

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 health and behavioral health needs for an individual, their family and/or support team.

As we continue to celebrate this year’s theme “See Me for Me!” please be sure to check out some of the local events listed below:

  • UrStorytellers Bilingual Storytelling Through Health and Wellness Training
    Saturday, March 3, 2018

    10:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center at Visitation
    4626 Kensington Avenue, Suite #101
    Philadelphia, PA 19134

    Click here to register for the event.

  • The Disability and Change Symposium
    Wednesday, March 26, 2018

    9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Howard Gittis Student Center, South
    Room 200 A/B
    Temple University
    1755 North 13th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19122

    Click here to register for the symposium.

  • UrStorytellers Storytelling Through Health & Wellness
    Friday, March 23, 2018

    10:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Zion Baptist Church
    3600 Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19140

    Click here to register for the event.

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