Commissioners proclaim March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

GREENVILLE — The Darke County Board of Commissioners proclaim March as Developmental Disabilities awareness month. Commissioners Matt Aultman, Marshall Combs, and Larry Holmes were present.

March is recognized nationwide as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Darke County Community seek to commemorate progress toward improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities, while also highlighting the challenges that remain in achieving a community that fully includes people with developmental disabilities.

“Over 450 disabilities are served at the Darke DD. We have the right services and support to live, work, and play as independently as we can,” a member from Darke DD testified.

She advised with the community’s help, they can create an accessible and inclusive community for everyone. Commissioner Aultman continued the proclamation stating it is the responsibility of each Darke County citizen to recognize and acknowledge the barriers and challenges that can keep people with developmental disabilities from realizing their full potential at school, work, home, and in their communities.

“What this means is we have barriers that you might not recognize as your own,” another member said.

It is important to recognize that members of the Darke County community can contribute to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities by being strong advocates and supporters of increased independence and community leadership.

“Another barrier is called attitudinal. Please don’t stereotype us. We don’t want to be pitied, feared, or ignored. Don’t assume our quality of life is poor or that we’re unhealthy because of our disability. When you….

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