2017 Theme: Developmental Disabilities Awareness: It Matters to Me

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote respect for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and to educate others on the spectrum about the abilities people with I/DD possess. For example, some disabilities are visible (a person who uses a wheelchair or crutches to ambulate), while other disabilities may not be easily recognized or seen by the eye (cognitive impairments that affect the way a person speaks, learns, or interacts with others). 

Developmental Disability Awareness Student Contest
Each year, The Arc of New Jersey hosts a Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month outreach event at The Statehouse in Trenton. The theme of this year’s event and design contest is “Developmental Disabilities Awareness: It Matters to Me”. Students in grades 3 - 12 are invited to design a bulletin board and/or video that incorporates the theme of this year’s campaign and illustrates the students’ acceptance of all people.

Developmental Disability Awareness Family Ambassador Kit
As an Ambassador you will carry on the tradition of families working together to improve the quality of life for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). In your role, you will help raise awareness about the contributions people with I/DD make to society every day. 

Social Media Tool
In celebration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we added a social media campaign to the mix! Please download the template below and write in a message that explains why disability awareness matters to you. Snap a selfie and post to Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to tag @TheArcofNJ and include #ItMattersToMeBecause.