March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time for us to celebrate all the achievements made by and for people with disabilities, as well as look to the future and what we have yet to accomplish. It’s a time for deep reflection and big ideas—but it’s also a time to remember all the little things we can each do every day to continue raising awareness about people with disabilities in your own community.
your personal stories
your experiences with disability, whether your own or that of a loved one, is a
small act that can have big impact. Personal stories can demystify and
destigmatize disability, as well as create space for others to ask questions or
get involved in the conversation.
There are so many ways to learn about and connect with the disability community, and all of them can provide you with new and valuable insights. Read an article about public policy. Follow a blog written by a person with a disability. Get makeup tips from beauty bloggers with disabilities. Ask a friend or family member about their experiences. Sign up for local and national organizations’ newsletters. Nothing is too small.
support, and advocate
Yes, nonprofit organizations are always accepting financial gifts.
At Bethesda, for instance, the government only reimburses about two-thirds of
our total operating costs, so we rely on generous donors to help. But that’s
not the only way you can show your support—because you can also donate your time and your
talent. Write a letter to your legislator about issues affecting people with
disabilities. Volunteer to host a cooking class or read stories with a group
home over Zoom. Collect art supplies or games to give to a local organization
supporting people with disabilities.
We have an exciting
month planned, with exclusive concerts from Jessica Meuse, Johnny Cash’s family
and Crowder, plus so much more. Go to IncludeAllAbilities.com for the full schedule
and to see how you can get involved.