Kicking off DD Awareness Month

first_imgHomeNewsKicking off DD Awareness Month Top Searches Top Searches MarkThatSchw By Patricia Beech-March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month – a time to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in their communities.To help community members get involved the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and the National Disabilities Rights Network are partnering on a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.Throughout the month of March the NACDD has three main focus areas: education, employment, and, community living which will serve as themes for weekly activities available on the NACDD webpage.The campaign has developed a social media guide with content posted throughout the month. The guide includes four themed weeks and will be updated with additional content each Monday. There are no set guidelines for posting – just remember to use the hashtag – #DDAwareness19.Participants are encouraged to upload their photos and stories to the NACDD Facebook page and Twitter account.To celebrate the month-long event, the Adams County Board of Developmental Disabilities has a full slate of activities planned, according to Adams CBDD Superintendent, Liz Lafferty.Lafferty said the local celebration for people with disabilities started in February with the “A Night to Shine” prom experience and the popular fundraiser basketball game featuring the Adams County Sheriff’s Department and the Venture Hawks.“During this month we try and incorporate education materials to local physicians regarding early intervention services, we are kicking off another full inclusive Health Matters class at West Union High School, we will be sending informative articles to the local newspapers featuring local employers who hire individuals with disabilities, and we will continue to host two more basketball games at our local high schools to bring continued disability awareness into our schools,” Lafferty said. “We hope everyone will join us in celebrating the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community.”The Adams County board of DD publishes a quarterly newsletter featuring its available programs and services.Check both the Venture Productions and Adams County Board of Developmental Disabilities Facebook pages for all updates on events, the new greenhouse, basketball games, and competitive cheer competitions.Keep an eye out for the Venture Hawks basketball squad as part of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in the county. 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No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Kicking off DD Awareness MonthSocial media campaign encourages inclusionMarch 7, 2019Mark CarpenterNews, Top Stories0 The “Night to Shine” event on Feb. 8 at Church 180 in Seaman was one of the early kickoffs to Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. (Photo by Mark Carpenter)last_img

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