Cape Abilities celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March!

Filed in Blog by on February 26, 2019

 In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March 
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM)
#DDawareness19 

Tom and Terry work AND volunteer at The Royal Nursing & Rehabilitation Center In Falmouth.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.  

“Cape Abilities is proud to be a part of this year’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month,” said Jonathan Sproul, President and Executive Director of Cape Abilities. “This initiative gives us an important platform to talk about creating and engaging in opportunities that change lives and communities, and celebrates the many ways that people with disabilities enrich the Cape Cod community.”

During this month, we’ll highlight inclusion, celebrate contributions being made by our participants, and promote the partners that provides a platform for people with developmental disabilities to showcase their important role in making the Cape Cod community shine!  They are not only valued employees at local businesses, but they also advocate for their services, work to improve the natural environment and volunteer to support the work of other non-profit agencies.

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Education

With assistance from Cape Abilities, students with disabilities have the opportunity to create a plan for their future and make those exciting decisions about their career path.  Our Pre-Employment transition Services program (Pre-Ets) has been developed to meet the critical need for increased services and supports for 14-22 year-old students with disabilities as they transition from high school into the world of work.  

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Employment

Throughout the year, Cape Abilities engages in a variety of activities to educate the Cape Cod community on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture.  Employers and employees in all industries play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities — every day of every month.

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Residential

Cape Abilities Residential Services is a comprehensive, varied program which ensures that individuals with disabilities can choose the living situation or setting that best meets their needs to enhance their quality of life. This program enable our participants to live as independently as possible, while still receiving the care and support they need and the security and comfort of knowing they have a life-long home.

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Here are 7 ways that you can easily promote Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and raise awareness about developmental disabilities in your day-to-day life:

1) Swap your social media profile picture
Change your social media profile pictures to the image on the right. The image sparks curiosity in your online friends, and it will encourage them to join and spread awareness through this image and call to action. 

2) Write a blog post or article
Make your voice heard and take the time to write a blog post about this topic. It can be about an inspirational person that you know who has a disability, a particular disability, or a certain call-to-action that you may be especially passionate for.

3) Connect with someone who has a disability
The best way to develop compassion for those with disabilities is to spend time with someone who has one.  Seeing the challenges that they often have in day-to-day life, the passions that carry, the opportunities that they are missing out on because they don’t have the regular access to them that we have.   That is where true change will begin, when we truly care for these individuals on a personal level.

Cape Abilities Farm employs individuals like Navada, who have a great knack for making beauty grow!

4) Support organizations that employ people with disabilities
What better way to encourage inclusion than to support organizations and businesses who employ people with disabilities!  Take the time to thank them and mention your appreciation for their support, and it will go a long way to spread inclusion.

5) Learn more about the subject of disabilities
Take the time to have a deep conversation with someone with a disability. Read a book about it. Attend a seminar or a workshop about the topic. Whatever the method may be, be sure that you are educated about this topic and the needs of this community.

6) Write a social media post about awareness
Let your friends know about this cause. Show them how much you care, and how passionate you are about inclusion of those with disabilities.  Make sure that this topic is on the minds of your follower.  And remember to use #DDawareness19

7) Talk to people about the importance of inclusion
Keep the conversation going. Talk to your friends. Talk to your families. Talk to your coworkers, and even your employer about employing those with disabilities. Talk to your children about the importance of inclusion. 

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Celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
with us throughout the month of March!
#DDawareness19

 

 

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