In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation that the month of March should be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities. Over 6 million individuals in the United States have developmental disabilities. Examples of developmental disabilities include Autism, behavior disorders, brain injury, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, intellectual disability, and spina bifida. People with developmental disabilities benefit from comprehensive long-term services, like the services offered at Koinonia.
What do people with disabilities want?
“We all want the same basic things out of life: a decent and comfortable place to call ‘home’, something meaningful to do during the day, some close friends with whom to share the good times and from whom we receive support in difficult times, and the opportunity to make our own decisions about things that will affect our personal lives.”
Excerpted from “Home, Sweet Home” by Susan L. Babin, IMPACT: Feature Issue on Supported Living (1995) published by the Institute on Community Integration.
How Koinonia is Raising Awareness
During the month of March, we’ve kicked off an ad campaign with the goals of educating people on the challenges faced by people who have IDD in our community, and what Koinonia is doing to enrich their lives. Here’s where you’ll hear our messages this month:
- Hopkins Airport Terminal Signage (look for us on Concourse A)
- Billboards on I-480, I-71, and I-271
See How We’re Celebrating
We celebrate this month by continuing the work we do each day to help people of all abilities build rich, meaningful lives. We honor our talented and caring direct support workforce. We celebrate the caring Shared Living providers who work tirelessly for the people we support. Each day, we look to the future, seeking to make communities more inclusive, accessible and full of opportunity for everyone who calls them home.