Everybody deserves to feel secure and productive and enjoy life at its most. In March, we observe National Disability Awareness Month to take extra steps toward the support and rights of people with disabilities. As a loving community, we celebrate their contributions as a whole.

When did this celebration start?

History marks President Ronald Reagan officially proclaimed March National Disability Awareness Month in 1987. This proclamation honors the efforts of every society in providing recognition, encouragement, and equal opportunities to aid persons with disabilities in achieving their full potential and having productive and fulfilling lives.

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Beyond the conversation

This year’s campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of including people with disabilities in every aspect of community life. What’s more, awareness about the impediments that people with disabilities still face daily.

Disability awareness means educating society about how individuals can bring change. A deep understanding of disability is fundamental to learning acceptance, which can be anywhere, such as school, workplace, or even home.

Inclusion signifies ensuring everyone has the same opportunities to participate in every facet of life to the best of their desires and abilities. Understanding the relationship between how people experience society and how they function in a social environment is crucial.

The five developmental disabilities:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Intellectual disability
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Learning disabilities
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How to observe National Disability Awareness Month

Every organization, agency, or individual supporting people with disabilities is encouraged to participate in events and activities to raise public awareness of the potential and contribution of Americans with disabilities. Here are some actions you might easily take:

  • Spread the word on social media.

  • Attend or host fundraising events.

  • Wear orange as the official color of National Disability Awareness Month.

  • Be empathetic and supportive of the people with disabilities around you.

At Ascend Hospice Care, we encourage our community members of all ages to recognize people with disabilities in all aspects. We inspire everyone to be nice to others with love and dignity. Some disabilities are visible, and others are not.

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