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|March 29 is a Day for Developmental Disabilities Awareness with The Arc of Quad Cities Area|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Sarah Wright|
|Friday, 21 March 2014 12:44|
Rock Island, IL – The month of March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. To celebrate this month, The Arc of the Quad Cities Area will be joining other chapters of The Arc, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends in getting out in public to raise awareness on March 29. The goal of this one-day event during Developmental Disabilities Month is to let the community see that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are really no different than everyone else. People with disabilities enjoy evenings out with their friends and families, trips to the movies, fun on the playground, and interaction in their community, and this day aims to open the eyes of people in the Quad Cities Area. Throughout the day on March 29, individuals with I/DD, will be out engaging the public, sparking conversations and just enjoying the day, while raising public awareness about the issues facing individuals with disabilities to break down social barriers.
The mission of The Arc of is to increase positive awareness of developmental and intellectual disabilities, and this event will not only do that but help educate the public. Many individuals with I/DD live and work in the community and they are valued members of the Quad Cities community.
Over the last 60 years, The Arc and its network of 700 chapters across the country have made tremendous progress in promoting and protecting the rights of people with I/DD. It is due greatly to the advocacy efforts of The Arc that President Ronald Reagan officially declared March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987.
The Arc advocates for and serves people with I/DD, including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of 700 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the
human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.
Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase. Thank you.
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