Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and it is time to spread the word! The 2018 theme “See Me for Me” is about looking beyond disability and celebrating our classmates, coworkers, neighbors, friends and loved ones for their individual perspectives and experiences. We want to raise awareness by having people with and without disabilities share their stories about how their lives are enriched by
I Can Participate!
Integrated extracurricular activities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities contribute to elevated self-esteem, enhanced positive behaviour, improved social competence, improved school or work attendance, and greater aspirations in life. These experiences also serve to build relationships between individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and others, setting an expectation that persons with disabilities can exceed their perceived limitations and contribute to society.
Policy change rarely happens overnight and is often linked to broader change in the political environment. Effective advocacy for policy change requires long-term as well as short-term thinking, an understanding of the points of resistance and the means to gain traction, the readiness to form alliances, and the flexibility to seize windows of opportunity.
Self-Advocacy at the Capitol Can Bring About Policy Change!
These local self-advocates celebrate after Governor Hutchinson signs a bill they supported.
Self-advocates can exercise their rights as citizens by working together to promote statewide changes in disability policy and practices affecting their lives and the lives of others with disabilities across the state.