March is DD Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

A message from the DSHS’ Developmental Disabilities Administration 

March is a pivotal time to advocate for Developmental Disabilities Awareness. This month serves as a platform to educate communities about the challenges faced by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, emphasizing the importance of acceptance, understanding and support.

March offers an opportunity to promote advocacy efforts and push for policies that enhance the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It’s a time to celebrate accomplishments and contributions while acknowledging the need for continued support and resources. By amplifying their voices and experiences, we can work towards building a more equitable society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

March also provides a platform to recognize caregivers, families and professionals. Their dedication, compassion and commitment play a vital role in improving the lives of those they care and advocate for.

Celebrate and Educate

  • The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services is presenting free educational opportunities during the month of March, click here to see the schedule of events.
  • Share stories, photos and videos that expand the conversation of inclusion and disabilities on your social media channels using #DDawareness2024 or DDAM2024.
  • Check out the NACDD website throughout the month.
  • Get involved with the DD advocacy community! The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, which is committed to advocating, promoting, and implementing pathways that help people with IDD to live meaningful, integrated, and productive lives, is looking for council members. Learn more about the opportunity here.


More Resources to celebrate the month: 

The Administration of Community Living has created a webpage that highlights resources that highlights how people with and without disabilities come together to form strong communities.


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