If National Developmental Disabilities Month has taught me one thing, it is how dedicated Delaware is to fostering a community of inclusion. In many places, this month of awareness is spearheaded and celebrated by the local county board or disability specific service providers. In Delaware, we are fortunate. We have community partners, schools, provider agencies, professionals, and many others who have embraced our theme of “Better Together” and shown their commitment to inclusion.
Earlier this month we celebrated our Annual Lifetime of Giving, an event centered on celebrating people in our community who have made exceptional contributions to enhance the lives of a person with a disability. As we read through the nomination letters for the various award categories, the impact our community has on the lives of people with disabilities is profound. I am inspired by the acts of inclusion I see by the many outstanding advocates, direct support professionals, employers, partners, and community members.
For me, National DD Awareness Month and events like Lifetime of Giving are a chance to say thank you to those who enhance the lives of people with disabilities. It is all of us together, united under one mission of inclusion, who make our community better.