Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: 3 Ways to Recognize, Celebrate, and Support People with Special Needs

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

While many advances have been made for people with developmental disabilities, there is still a long road ahead. In the Special Needs Alliance article, Robert B. Fleming, discusses advances and setbacks surrounding developmentally disabled people from 1987 to present.

How can we recognize, celebrate, and help support those with Developmental Disabilities? Here are a few ways:

  • Inclusion: In schools and in the workplace. Help them feel connected and part of a community, not isolated.
  • Listen: Sometimes all it takes is someone trying to understand their perspective and hear their opinions.
  • 529 ABLE Accounts: This is a financial support option. It’s a great way to set up an account that could help support a disabled person. You can read more about the ABLE Act and 529 ABLE plans HERE.

These are just a few suggestions, you can read more about local resources and growing access and opportunities in our post from last year HERE.