Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a special recognition first
proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. The proclamation called upon all
Americans to provide support and opportunities for individuals with
developmental disabilities to reach their potential.
with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience challenges –
everything from a shortage of suitable housing options and unemployment to poor
health and a lack of connection to their community. COVID-19 has made things
much worse, which is why raising awareness now is so important. Throughout
March, Bethesda will be advancing issues as well as innovations that can change
the month, Bethesda will raise spirits virtually through our Better Together
Concert Series. The month kicks off with former American Idol finalist and
friend of Bethesda Jessica Meuse (March 1); Cindy Cash and Mark Alan, family
members of country legend Johnny Cash (March 16); and Grammy-nominated and
Dove-winning Contemporary Christian artist Crowder (March 25). All are free to
Faith outreach will be an important part of the month. There will be a special edition of “Faith in Action” for churches and clergy asking them for their prayers and support; weekly Better Together devotions at BethesdaLC.org; and outreach to Christian media outlets.
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month reminds us that we can all do more to include all abilities and provides an opportunity to share what Bethesda is doing every day to help. Please learn more about the month and everything planned at IncludeAllAbilities.com.
Bethesda Cornerstone Village – Experiencing Joyful Living
innovative residential community concept, Cornerstone Village, is taking shape!
Cornerstone Village is a residential community designed to unite people with
developmental disabilities with other members of the community in a loving,
September, the first development opened in Victoria, Minnesota, bringing
together independent people with I/DD with people of all abilities ages 55 and
up. A grand opening celebration was held, with most people attending virtually,
and since then many more people have moved in and have begun to experience
many benefits to Cornerstone Village including:
- Advancing the cause of inclusion
by creating an opportunity for people with I/DD to live in an integrated community.
- Offering a safe home for people
with I/DD gives parents peace of mind knowing their child is safe.
- Living in a Christian environment
strengthens the spiritual lives of all residents.
- Providing community programming
and activities that will bring people together, fostering deep friendships and
Victoria was the first, it will not be the last. Bethesda is moving ahead with
a plan to open multiple Cornerstone Villages in several states, including
Wisconsin and California in addition to Minnesota. Each development will be
tailored to the unique needs of its community, and in each case, Bethesda will
take great care to listen to the voices of those who could benefit most –
people with disabilities and their families.
Besides providing truly inclusive living for people with disabilities, Cornerstone Village is important in that it will provide much-needed revenue to help Bethesda be able to continue delivering quality services for adults with disabilities across the country.
For more information about Bethesda Cornerstone Village, visit BethesdaCornerstoneVillage.org.