Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: ‘Be the Change’

On March 1, the Madison County Commissioners signed a proclamation to designate March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. They were joined by several individual served by Madison County Board of DD and a number of people who assist them: (front row, from left) Brian Goff, CRSI staff Elizabeth Harrington, Rebecca Bell, CRSI staff Lacy Lubold, independent provider/parent Roberta Kirts; (second row) independent provider/parent Cathy Goff, Kenneth Stischok, CRSI staff Stan Oliver, Conner Warnock, Commissioner Mark Forrest, Kelly Kirts; (third row) Brian Farris, MCBDD staff Grace Kaufman, MCBDD staff Missy Glover, Commissioner Tony Xenikis, MCBDD Superintendent Susan Thompson; (back row) MCBDD staff Hope Smith and Commissioner Chris Wallace.

(Posted March 7, 2022)

As a pen swept across the official document at their March 1 meeting, the Madison County commissioners endorsed March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This year’s theme encourages everyone to support individuals with disabilities to “Be the Change.”

Each year, the commissioners endorse DD Awareness Month. They support the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) and the people the board serves throughout the year.

The proclamation encourages everyone to focus on the abilities of all people and promotes active participation in community activities and the openness to learn and acknowledge each individual’s contributions. The proclamation also encourages all citizens to support opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities in the community that include full access to education, housing, employment, and recreational activities. The aim is to foster opportunities for people of all abilities to function as independently and productively as possible.

On hand for the signing were a number of individuals served by MCBDD, family members, providers and MCBDD staff.

“We are constantly reminded how fortunate we are to have a community that is very inviting to the individuals we serve with developmental disabilities,” said MCBDD Superintendent Susan Thompson. “The support we receive is one of the reasons that makes Madison County so special.”

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