The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities is proud to join advocates across the country in recognizing March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
This month commemorates the progress in improving the lives of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and highlights the challenges that remain in achieving their full inclusion in all aspects of life. The 2014 national theme “Ability at Work” encourages people across the state and the nation to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, houses of worship, schools, and are expected to work and have careers, everyone wins.
Gov. Pat McCrory issued a North Carolina Proclamation declaring Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month which, in part, said, “… the most effective way to change the attitudes and beliefs about the abilities of individuals with developmental disabilities is through everyone’s work and active participation in community activities and the openness to learn and acknowledge each individual’s contribution.”
The NCCDD encourages everyone to get to know someone with a developmental disability and learn that he or she has a lot to offer their community. Recognize ability, not the disability and picture the potential.