Thursday, March 10, 2022
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The theme this year is “Worlds Imagined,” which speaks to how our world is changing. Thanks to improved awareness, policies and medical advances, people with Intellectual/Developmental Disability are living their lives as no one could have imagined even a decade ago, opening up new opportunities and positive change.
This month people are taking to the internet not only to help spread awareness of developmental disabilities but to discuss, connect and share stories of how to reimagine possibilities by supporting and coming alongside people with developmental disabilities.
- Post about Developmental Disabilities Awareness on your social media accounts
- Use the hashtags #DDawareness2022, #DDAM, & #WorldsImagined
- Listen to shows/podcasts about I/DD topics
- Barrier Free Futures – Radio program about people with disabilities from a wide range of ages, ethnic and economic backgrounds
- Boggs Cast– A podcast by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
- Disability Visibility – A podcast featuring conversations on politics, culture, and media with disabled people
- Disarming Disability – A podcast deconstructs disability through candid conversations with experts to educate, empower, voice, and build a more inclusive society
- Down to the Struts – A podcast by Qudsiya Naqui, a lawyer and who identifies as a blind, South Asian woman
- The Disability Equity Podcast – A podcast from the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center that challenges stereotypes by sharing stories, data, and news about disability
- The Accessible Stall – This podcast keeps it real about issues within the disability community
- View one of the many artistic creations of people with I/DD
- Progressive Art Studio Collective – A dedicated art and design studio with a professional gallery for artists with disabilities
- Creative Like Me – An award winning initiative that seeks to provide creative enrichment opportunities for individual learning need
- Follow or volunteer for agencies that help support the I/DD community
These are just a few ways you can help celebrate the beauty of inclusion, acceptance, and diversity not just this month, but all year long.