March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This offers an opportunity for increasing education, awareness, community inclusion, and paves the way toward improving the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. Usually, a lack of knowledge, misunderstanding and discomfort sometimes results in isolation of citizens and disconnection of community.

Everyone at Martha C. Brown & Associates is proud to celebrate the valuable contributions people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities are making every day as neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family members.

Fortunately, society’s treatment of people with developmental disabilities has progressed significantly. Parents are no longer pressured to send their children away to institutions and have more resources to assist their children. When people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, churches, and schools, everyone wins. Our goal is simple: an awareness and understanding of these individuals’ unique abilities.

Through education and support, many fears and false public assumptions are replaced with awareness, understanding, and greater inclusion. Let us celebrate the contributions that individuals with developmental disabilities are making throughout the month of March and strive to create more inclusive communities.