Released: March 17, 2023
Delaware County Council declared March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month during its March 15 public council meeting.
Developmental Disabilities Month is designated to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of life, as well as the awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities may face.
About 15% of the world’s population lives with a disability and inclusion is necessary. Disability inclusion allows us to understand the relationship between the way people function and how they participate in society and it helps us to work to offer people opportunities to participate in every aspect of life to the best of their abilities and desires.
“Delaware County Council is proud to declare March as Developmental Disabilities Month and recognize the contributions of people with disabilities who are valued community members, co-workers, family members, and friends in our county and to also commend those in the community who ensure residents with developmental disabilities can lead full and productive lives,” said Councilwoman Christine Reuther.
Council commends the advancement of services provided by the County’s Department of Human Services, the Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the County’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office. Council also recognizes the families, providers, partners, and County staff who strive to ensure that every resident feels like a valued member of the community. Working together, we’ve opened many doors, improving the lives of those living with developmental disabilities and it’s important that we keep doing so.