For Immediate Release: March 20, 2017
Jefferson County Public Health
March is National
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!
Jefferson County Public Health, the Board of County Commissioners, and the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Program, in partnership with the DD Advisory Board, Skookum & Concerned Citizens, celebrated National Disability Awareness & Employment Month last October by honoring employers who lead by example when it comes to eliminating barriers to work, employers who continue to lead efforts to insure that persons with developmental disabilities in Jefferson County participate fully in the community workforce.
The Jefferson County Developmental Disability Board and Jefferson County Public Health, the Developmental Disabilities (DD) Program is proud to celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, by recognizing the valuable contributions people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities are making every day in Jefferson County.
One way to celebrate the abilities of people with developmental disabilities and to encourage further community opportunities, is to recognize the benefits of a diverse workforce and the valuable contributions of employees with developmental disabilities. But there are still challenges, many people are still unemployed or underemployed.
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a perfect time to step up and make a difference.
You can help by hiring a person with a developmental disability; or creating an opportunity through your local contacts, inviting someone to participate in your civic organization or community activity, or by giving time or money to an organization that supports people with developmental disabilities.
Let us celebrate the contributions that individuals with developmental disabilities are making as our co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family members throughout the month of March and make an effort to create more inclusive communities!
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