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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

This March, as we celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (#DDAware, #TheArcAware), it is important that we “change the narrative” about people with developmental disabilities within the general public. We all need to better understand developmental disabilities, appreciate the challenges, understand the shortcomings in our support systems, and value people with DD in the same way we value everyone else in our communities.

The following campaign designed by the national chapter of The Arc is meant to be a “wake up call” – to break through the complacency and lack of awareness for some of the challenges we still face as a community. We recognize that this is a different approach from our typical positive tonality and focus on inclusion and opportunity, but we think it is consistent with our brand to be outraged by systemic problems, with society, with government – waiting lists, institutions and the negative bias that persists for people with DD.

In 2020, 37 states still have institutions that warehouse people with disabilities—out of the
community and often against their will. The Arc’s movement started when parents wanted
more for their children with disabilities. Let’s finish the fight.

Join The Arc’s fight for disability rights: #DDAware #TheArcAware


How long would you wait for the help you need to live your life?

People with disabilities shouldn’t have to wait 8-10 years (same in Maryland) to receive the
help they need to live in the community—things like help with bathing, dressing, getting out
in the community, and much more. We can do better. Join our fight to end waiting lists!
Connect with The Arc Baltimore:


In 2020, we need you to help us end the injustice for people with developmental disabilities,
once and for all. Can you show that you are in the fight for disability rights with us,
and donate $20.20 today?

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