March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) is celebrating by launching its “Get the Facts” campaign, raising awareness to promote inclusive communities in Summit County.
Statewide, and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to increase acceptance and inclusion, regardless of disability. “Get the Facts” encourages people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools, communities are stronger.
“There are a lot of misconceptions out there about people with developmental disabilities,” stated Tom Armstrong, Summit DD Superintendent. “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month allows Summit DD to provide the facts and celebrate the talents of the individuals we serve. We believe that everyone has the right to work, live and learn as equal citizens in their community.”
Summit DD will celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with several open houses at its community-based adult centers, including an art show featuring Dream Out Loud Studio artist on March 21st from 3 – 6 pm at the Ellet Gift Gallery. Stories of individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and the staff that care for them will be featured on summitdd.org/stories.
During March, get acquainted with someone who has a developmental disability, talk to a friend or neighbor about the importance of inclusion, visit Summit DD website or Facebook page, or attend an open house.
The County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board is a levy-funded agency that provides services to more than 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Summit County. It is the organization’s mission to offer a lifetime of services and supports to eligible individuals and families that enable people with developmental disabilities to work, live, and learn as equal citizens in their communities. More information regarding the agency is available online atwww.summitdd.org.