In 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to encourage understanding and acceptance for people with disabilities. The goal for this month is to create awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life, and to share the stories of individuals with a disability to show that a successful life is possible. This year’s theme is “See Me for Me” and encourages looking beyond someone’s disability and seeing them as a person and not just a person with a disability. In honor of this special awareness month, United Rehabilitation Services (URS) has a month of activities planned with the 300 children, adults, and seniors the center serves each day:
March 7: Statehouse Advocacy Day in Columbus. A group of adult clients will attend this annual event.
March 10: Harrigan’s 5K Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m. Race starts at Harrigan’s Tavern, 4070 Marshall Road in Kettering, and winds through the streets of Kettering South of Stroop Road. Wheelchair/Stroller friendly event! www.harrigans5k.com
March 22: I Can Day. We will celebrate our clients’ abilities and everything they CAN do! There will be a client art display and our youth and adults clients will participate in a collaborative art project and adapted physical education activities with student volunteers from Northmont High School from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.
March 23: I Can Day Continues. Local community “artists” with disabilities will sing, dance, speak and read poetry to our clients from 9:45 am – 10:30 am.
March 28: 8th Annual Jersey Mikes “Day of Giving”- 100% of proceeds will benefit URS on this day. Locations are: Beavercreek at 3510 Pentagon, Centerville at 6002 Far Hills Ave., and 1512 Miamisburg Centerville Road.
Check out URS on Living Dayton with details about Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!