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.

The 2024 theme, “A World of Opportunities,” emphasizes the collective effort to eliminate obstacles and create communities where everyone can thrive and succeed.

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

Organizations, authorities, and individuals are encouraged to participate in events and activities to raise public awareness of the potential and contributions of Americans with disabilities. Here are some ideas for activities you can engage in:

  • 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 members of our community to recognize and celebrate people with disabilities in all aspects of life. We believe in treating everyone with love and dignity, regardless of whether their disabilities are visible or not.

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