March 2019: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month



WHEREAS, nationwide, approximately 57 million people have a disability; of those, approximately 178,606 people in Michigan have a developmental disability; and,


WHEREAS, Michigan residents with and without disabilities work together, play together, worship together, learn together, and grow together; and,


WHEREAS, every person, regardless of ability, has valuable strengths, infinite capacity to learn, and the potential to make important contributions to his or her local communities; 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, those in households with family members with developmental disabilities deserve our admiration and recognition for their caring commitment and ongoing support that are both essential to an independent and productive life; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services encourages all citizens not only to recognize Michigan advances concerning persons with disabilities, but also to acknowledge that our work to ensure full inclusion and integrate employment and community-based settings are not yet done;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2019 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.