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For Immediate Release

Developmental Disability Awareness Month 2018

February 26, 2018

Easterseals is changing the way the world views and defines disability, and there is no better time to celebrate this work than in March, National Developmental Disability Awareness Month. Created in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan, the original mission was to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.” Much has been achieved in the past 30 years, but there is still much work to do to achieve full community integration for people with disabilities.

The logo for 2018 Developmental Disability Advocacy Day in Ohio

Easterseals is a local leader in this work, with more than 40 years of experience working with individuals, families, and businesses to encourage inclusion. This year in Ohio, the theme for the month is “Celebrate Community,” to highlight people with and without disabilities working, going to school, playing and participating in their communities together.

March 7 is Developmental Disability (DD) Advocacy and Awareness Day, an annual event that has taken place for over a decade at The Ohio Statehouse. We had a great experience in 2017, so several of our programs will be visiting the state Capitol again to advocate policy issues which impact the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Easterseals has a wide portfolio of services that serve the whole person, teaching transferable skills and supporting individuals as they strive to transition to community employment.

African American man with a developmental disability cleans the glass at a zoo's Manatee exhibit
A diverse group of adults with disabilites stands smiling in front an ornate wall of Rookwood tiles.

Participants in the Easterseals Work and Grow program enjoy an outing at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Throughout the month of March, reflect on your business, your community, and your own life. How are you making the world more accessible and more inclusive? How are you celebrating community

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