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The Importance of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Promoting Inclusion & Advocacy

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March is recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM), a time to raise awareness and celebrate the lives and achievements of individuals with developmental disabilities.  


A developmental disability is a condition that affects physical, cognitive, or behavioral development and can impact an individual's ability to learn, communicate, socialize, and perform everyday tasks. Some of the most common developmental disabilities are autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. 


The History | In 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared March as "Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” to bring attention to the needs of people with developmental disabilities and promote their inclusion in all aspects of life. 


Since then, DDAM has evolved into celebrating the diverse abilities and accomplishments of individuals with developmental disabilities. It provides a platform to recognize the barriers they face, celebrates their achievements, and promotes awareness and acceptance of their unique abilities. 


The Significance | DDAM brings attention to the challenges individuals with developmental disabilities face and allows them to advocate for policies and practices that support their needs.  


Since DDAM was established, there have been many advances within disability rights advocacy. Some of these are the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Olmstead Decision, and the Fair Housing Act.  


The Impact | DDAM has had a significant impact on the lives of people with developmental disabilities. It has increased public awareness of their unique abilities and the challenges they face and advocated for policies and programs that support their inclusion and integration into society. 



As a real estate partner to those who serve individuals with developmental disabilities, we recognize and celebrate DDAM. We are committed to supporting those with disabilities to lead more fulfilling lives.