Connecting all abilities – it’s something we at Bethesda do every day
But during March, we paid special attention to these efforts during National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
The recognition month, created back in 1987 by President Reagan, is a time we recognize all the successes that people with developmental disabilities have achieved, while we also focus on progress that still needs to be made to create truly inclusive communities.
Across the country, we distributed thousands of blue #ConnectAllAbilities wristbands – to people we support, staff, community partners, Auxiliary, congregations and many more. The wristbands included a phrase from Psalm 133, “Live Together In Unity.” Anyone could order a wristband at our dedicated campaign web page for a small donation. Recipients were encouraged to use them to start conversations about the need to include, and take a picture of them and a friend with wristbands, and many people did just that! Photos were posted on BethesdaLC.org, our social media channels, and internally on bLINK.
In addition, several Bethesda team members appeared on TV to talk about the special month. A special shout out to Cynthia Valenzuela, a quality specialist in California, who sat for a live interview on KSEE-TV in Fresno and did a wonderful job!
While National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month may be over, the work continues – and we’re excited to see how much more progress people with developmental disabilities can make in the months and years to come.