March 2015 eNewsletter
MARCH IS DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH
This month marks the 25th year of Developmental Disabilities Awareness month! Developmental Disabilities Awareness month (DDAM) was declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. With the movement for deinstitutionalization in the 70’s and 80’s, came the need to affect social change. The presidential proclamation called upon Americans to provide the encouragement and opportunities necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential.
Thanks to all who attended the ACDD Quarterly Council Meeting and AL-ASPE Conference in Mobile.
Dr. Kevin Elko, an inspirational and motivational speaker on topics of organizational leadership, gave the conference keynote address, and his encouraging words were very well received by attendees.
At the ACDD meeting, we heard important updates from the Alabama Medicaid Agency, the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Mental Health. The presentations from ACDD grantees were among the other highlights of our meeting and demonstrated that vital work is taking place in the developmental disabilities field.
We are pleased to announce that The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities received two gold Hermes Creative Awards for our 2014 “I CAN” Public Awareness Campaign! The campaign won gold awards for the newly designed ACDD website and for the overall marketing campaign.
The 2014 “I CAN” Public Awareness Campaign was created by 24 Communications, a Montgomery, Alabama-based marketing firm selected in 2013 as a grant recipient to develop the campaign.
Many good things are taking place in the developmental disabilities community, yet if there’s something we can be doing better, we certainly want to know.
Do you have great ideas about ways we can serve individuals with developmental disabilities? Do you know someone else who can contribute to this important area of service? If so, please spread the word about the ACDD’s “Request for Innovative Ideas.”
Through this grant program, the ACDD is seeking applicants with innovative and creative proposals for fostering inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities. As you know, people with developmental disabilities are already active participants in their communities and families. You or someone you know may have ideas that could build bridges to even greater inclusion.
We’re at the end of a very active March that gave us much to offer in how we recognize this particular month.
As many of you know, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month was started under the Reagan administration as a call to Americans to increase support and opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. The ACDD has certainly taken strides to increase awareness in recent weeks. We launched a new website for the council at ACDD.org. In addition, as part of our “I CAN” campaign, we launched a new microsite at ICan.ACDD.org, and created a pledge that you’ll learn more about in the links below. Please take a moment to visit the websites. We encourage you to share these websites and information with family, friends, colleagues and anyone else that you think would benefit from these resources.
The last few weeks have been very busy for the ACDD!
First, we were encouraged by the success of ACDD Awareness Day, which was hosted by 24 Communications on February 13th at the Alabama Statehouse. Many legislators and supporters took a break between committee meetings and the legislative session to stop by and learn more about our initiatives. Dozens of them also paused for photos, which we posted on our website. You can see the gallery from the day here: http://acdd24316.wpengine.com/events/photo-gallery/.