The Arc of Schuyler is joining agencies across the country in celebrating the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. People with disabilities are valuable, contributing members of our community who have much to offer and desire to partcipate.
Much progress has been made in our society’s treatment of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities—parents are no longer pressured to send their children away to institutions, and more doors than ever before are open to people with disabilities.
People with developmental disabilities have proven to be reliable workers and excellent volunteers capable of meeting or exceeding expectations and standards. Thanks to organizations like NYSARC, people with disabilities are leading richer, more fulfilling lives. But there are still challenges: as many as
60% of individuals with disabilities—7 million nationwide—remain unemployed.
You can help by hiring a person with a disability; inviting people with disabilities to participate in your civic organization or community activity; contacting your legislator and asking them to support citizens with disabilities in your community; giving time or money to an organization supporting people with
disabilities; or even just teaching your children that all people have something to contribute.
Thank you for joining The Arc in celebrating people with Developmental Disabilities in March!