March 2013: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

WHEREAS, nationwide, approximately 57 million people have a disability and in Michigan, more than 175,000 children and adults have developmental disabilities; and,

WHEREAS, every person, regardless of ability, has valuable strengths, infinite capacity to learn and the potential to make important contributions to their communities; and,


WHEREAS, families of people with developmental disabilities deserve our admiration and recognition for their outstanding commitment and ongoing support that are both essential to an independent and productive life; and,


WHEREAS, celebrating the abilities and contributions of people with developmental disabilities can only serve to enrich the communities of Michigan and enhance our diversity; and,


WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health to recognize Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and Michigan's public policy accomplishments concerning persons with disabilities;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2013 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Michigan.