Inclusive Advocacy in DD Awareness Month

Every March, people across the United States come together to raise awareness about developmental disabilities during DD Awareness Month. This celebration increases understanding of individuals living with developmental disabilities and their contributions to the communities.

Although there are some difficulties associated with having a developmental disability, it is important to understand that each person is valuable, has strengths and can make a good contribution to society. Unfortunately, there are still obstacles to full inclusion in numerous areas of life and prejudice against persons with developmental disabilities.

DD Awareness Month was created to help with this issue and educate others on its importance. It encourages communities to have inclusive environments, provide equal opportunities and show those with a developmental disability that we care about their wellbeing.

Celebrating abilities and accomplishments

One goal of DD Awareness Month is to highlight the remarkable abilities of individuals with developmental disabilities. These individuals have made invaluable contributions across various fields, but it usually goes unnoticed. To give them the recognition they deserve, we should bring attention to their accomplishments.

Through telling their stories, we can clear up myths and prejudices, encourage diversity and highlight the enormous value and contribution that people with developmental disabilities make to our society.

You can make a difference

There are numerous ways you, your organization or your community can participate in DD Awareness Month and show support. They include:

  • Learn about different developmental disabilities, their impact and the challenges faced by those affected and their families.
  • Share information, resources and personal stories on social media or with your neighbors, friends and co-workers.
  • Support policies, programs and bills that promote equal opportunities, accessibility or full participation for individuals with developmental disabilties.
  • Get involved with local organizations that provide services, support and resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Lastly, be sure to have an inclusive environment in your workplace or the community you are part of to make a big difference

By working together and embracing the principles of DD Awareness Month, we can build a more inclusive, equitable and accepting society where every individual is valued, supported and empowered to reach their full potential.


As we commemorate diverse aspects of humanity each month, it is crucial to recognize the significance of highlighting those with developmental disabilities. These individuals navigate unique challenges and play integral roles in our society. DD Awareness Month serves as an annual reminder to celebrate their contributions fully. Seize this opportunity to delve into research, extend support and share the message about the importance of complete inclusion. Let us view DD Awareness Month as a catalyst for building a society that embraces diversity and fosters love and understanding.