Developmental Disabilities Month: Forging Pathways to Change

On March 7, the Madison County commissioners signed a proclamation designating March as Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month. They were joined by several individual served by Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) and a number of people who assist them: (front row, from left) shared living provider Linda Steir, Madison County Economic Development and Planning Director David Kell, County Commissioner Dr. Tony Xenikis, County Commissioner Mark Forrest, County Commissioner Chris Wallace, Brian Farris, CRSI staff member Stan Oliver; (second row) MCBDD staff member Julie Anthony, Kenny Stischok, MCBDD staff member Denise Zerkle, MCBDD Superintendent Susan Thompson, Madison County Administrator Rob Slane; (third row) MCBDD staff members Missy Glover, Leigh Spohler, Grace Kaufman and Gretchen Peters; (back row) MCBDD Family Support Services Director Carol Ansel and MCBDD staff member Hope Smith.

(Posted March 13, 2023)

When they added their signatures to the official document on March 7, the Madison County commissioners endorsed March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This year’s theme encourages people to get to know someone with a disability and recognize the “Pathways to Change.”

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

The proclamation encourages everyone to focus on the abilities of all people and be open to learn and acknowledge each individual’s contributions to society. It encourages the community to foster an environment in which people with disabilities can function as independently and productively as possible, as well as support opportunities that include full access to education, housing, employment, and recreational activities.

Present for the proclamation signing were individuals served by MCBDD, providers (both independent and agency representatives), and county board staff.

“We are humbled and proud to be in a community that is very supportive of the individuals we serve with developmental disabilities,” said Susan Thompson, MCBDD superintendent. “We do not take the ongoing support for granted.”

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