Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Promoting inclusion
has been recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987
when President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation urging Americans to
provide individuals with developmental disabilities “the encouragement and
opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full
there has been significant and positive change in the decades since, many
challenges remain for this vulnerable population.
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, we are unrelenting advocates for
individuals living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences, and
strongly believe this population can make a positive difference in their communities,
if given the opportunity to unlock their human potential.
strives to meet the unique needs of the individuals we serve by providing
compassionate care and treatment, and empowering children and adults to lead
fulfilling and rewarding lives,” said Senior Vice President and Chief
Clinical/Medical Officer Yolanda Graham,
M.D. “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is the perfect opportunity
to educate our communities about the challenges facing this population, and to
teach the importance of inclusion in every aspect of a person’s life.”
estimates show that about one in six children in the U.S., between the ages of
three and 17 (or about 15 percent), have one or more developmental disabilities.
to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developmental disabilities
are defined as impairments in physical, learning, language or behavior areas,
or intellectual disabilities
year, the National
Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) holds
a campaign for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to raise awareness
about developmental disabilities, communicate the importance of inclusion and
share stories of individuals with disabilities. To expand the conversation of
inclusion and accessibility, the NACDD is encouraging the public to share
stories, photos, videos and resources about topics such as education,
employment and community living on social media throughout the month of March –
using the Twitter hashtag #DDAwareness19.
The NACDD wants to showcase the work being done to celebrate and improve the
lives of individuals with developmental disabilities.
support across all stages of life
part of Devereux’s continuum of care, the nonprofit provides innovative programs
and services for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Just of few
of these programs include:
- Residential treatment settings provide resources – for
those who may need 24-hour care – to help meet an individual's treatment, social
and educational goals. These residential programs improve quality of life and
offer the potential to return home or progress to community-based residential
living offers more independent living options for
individuals to reside within their communities, whether in group homes,
lifesharing or supported apartments.
services are designed to meet an individual's
treatment needs in the least restrictive environment possible. Services may
include: wrap around, respite, clinical and educational assessments, family
counseling, medication management and parent and sibling consultations.
education day schools offer innovative educational programs
within a structured environment that prepare students for returning to their
local educational communities.
foster care support a diverse population of at-risk
children and their families. Services range from intensive clinical
intervention, traditional foster care, respite services and case management for
children in the foster care system.
- Employment and
transition services provide support to transition-age youth
and adults, and include prevocational training, community-supported employment
and pre-employment day programs.
to learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, and how we can help
your loved ones achieve their full potential.
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