Arc Aims To Change Hearts & Minds In March

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The Arc of New Jersey is proud to join advocates across the country to recognize March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This month commemorates the progress in improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and highlights the challenges that remain in achieving full inclusion. The Arc’s advocacy efforts were crucial to President Ronald Reagan’s signing of a proclamation in 1987 affirming that “Americans are becoming increasingly aware that such disabilities need not keep individuals from realizing their full potential…”

Throughout March, The Arc is unveiling a new campaign, “I’m Someone to Get to Know.” The campaign features pictures and biographies of children and adults with I/DD, and tells the public why they are “someone to get to know.” People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are living active, full and meaningful lives in their communities and members of the public should get to know them. When they do, everybody wins.

This month, The Arc of NJ will join more than 700 chapters of The Arc and hundreds of thousands of individuals nationwide to promote individuals with I/DD. These individuals are our neighbors, colleagues, friends and family members and we must ensure that they have a fair opportunity to achieve their dreams. While there has been much progress over the years, there is still much to be done. We hope the community will join our efforts and help us raise awareness.

To learn more about intellectual and developmental disabilities or The Arc, visit www.arcnj.org. Together let’s change hearts and minds in March.

Walter Bender
President
The Arc of New Jersey


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