Former President Ronald Reagan proclaimed national developmental disabilities awareness month on Feb. 26, 1987. It has been recognized every March since.
2019 marks the 32nd year of advocating for and protecting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It’s also the start of The Arc Wayne’s developmental disabilities awareness campaign, with hopes for inclusivity to become more prominent in the Wayne County community.
Nearly 15 percent of Wayne County residents have a disability. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment-population ratio for persons with a disability increased from 18.7 percent in 2017 to 19.1 percent in 2018. The Arc Wayne is encouraging residents to utilize its programs and for workplaces to exercise inclusivity at every chance.
The nonprofit, parent-based organization asks its social media followers to share already inclusive organizations in the community. The Arc staff will go to these places and thank them throughout March.
The Arc’s social media followers can use the hashtag #AchieveWith, a play on the organization’s tagline “Achieve With Us,” to share how they promote awareness. The campaign includes visiting local schools to teach students about being inclusive, Doughnuts with Donors to give donor organizations a chance to meet people their money impacts directly and spotlight blog posts of people who are enrolled in The Arc Wayne programs throughout the community.
Visit arcwayne.org for information.