Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month activities set
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities urges everyone to consider the true meaning of this year’s theme, “Look Beyond.”
Statewide and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events this month to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability. “Look Beyond” encourages people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship and schools, everyone wins.
“This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the individuals we serve,” said Melinda Slusser, superintendent of Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we encourage people to learn more about the 322 people in this community who have developmental disabilities, and to recognize that all of us have talents and abilities that we can offer to make this a better place to live.”
Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities will kick off its recognition of March as DD Awareness Month with an Open House Tuesday, March 12, from 4-7 p.m. at the board office, 235 North Toussaint South Rd., Oak Harbor.
The event will allow the community to become more familiar with the services offered by the Board of Developmental Disabilities as well as other agencies.
There will also be a developmental screenings for children ages birth to 3, a featured artist, live music, face painting, make-it-take-it activities for children and giveaways.
Also that evening, Riverview Industries Inc. will host a Chicken and Rib BBQ dinner from 4-6 p.m. Other activities planned for March include displays in local libraries as well as presentations to local schools.
“During March, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, get acquainted with someone who has a developmental disability,” Slusser said. “You’ll learn that everyone has something to offer and that and when we are all together our communities are stronger, we accomplish more, and everyone wins.”