March is Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Month, and The Arc is promoting it all across the United States. On Saturday, March 29, 2014, The Arc is asking people with disabilities, their friends and family to go out in the community and do activities that people enjoy doing while promoting disability awareness. The purpose of that day is to break down social barriers and for the community to realize people with disabilities are just people with abilities and skills. The Arc states, “Year round, The Arc works to promote and protect the rights of people with I/DD to live, lean, work and play as valued and contributing members of their communities.” People with disabilities and their friends and family should go see a movie, go out for a meal or workout at the gym, the goal being community integration.
Even if we don’t talk to people in the community people will notice people with disabilities out into the community. Spread the word to your community. Let people know that individuals with disabilities can do things that everyone can do and that we are in the community.
Please join us in the movement and go out in the community, spread the word and help our society realize that people with disabilities are people first and we just happen to have a disability. Also feel free to post reviews about the businesses you visit and tell us how disability-aware they are on jjslist.com.
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About the Author:
Sarah Armour is the Business Assistant at jjslist.com. She enjoys managing the website, bookkeeping, coordinating the Disability-Awareness Trainings and organizing the Hop on the Bus to Independence Program. She graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, IA, in 2008 with a BA in Sociology. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.