ARC Broward, a human services organization dedicated providing quality services to children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other intellectual disABILITIES, is proud to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. During the month of March, the organization works to increase public awareness of the needs and critical services provided to individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as their contributions to the community.
“Our goal is to enhance understanding of the many issues people with developmental disabilities face on a daily basis and to show the public how people with developmental disabilities overcome these issues every day to become vital members of the community,” said Dennis Haas, President and CEO of ARC Broward.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and called upon Americans to provide the “encouragement and opportunities” necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential.
According to numbers based on recent U.S. Census data, there are approximately 370,000 people living with developmental disabilities in Florida and approximately 34,000 living in Broward County. One reason only approximate numbers are available is due to the stigma some cultures associate with developmental disabilities.
This month and all year long, ARC Broward calls upon the community to support individuals with developmental disabilities in South Florida and their families. Ways residents can support Developmental Disability Awareness Month include:
gaining insight into the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities
acknowledging their contributions to the community and celebrating their abilities
supporting employment opportunities by hiring individuals with disabilities at your business
making a donation to support critically needed programs serving children and adults with developmental disabilities
supporting social enterprises and businesses that provide individuals with disabilities and other life challenges employment opportunities including the ARC Broward Culinary Institute and ARC Broward Electronics Recycling Services
To view President Reagan’s proclamation, click here. For more information about ARC Broward and ways to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, call 954-746-9400 or visit www.arcbroward.com.
ABOUT ARC BROWARD
Incorporated in 1956, ARC Broward is a nationally accredited, private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing services to children and adults with autism, Down Syndrome, and other intellectual disABILITIES, as well as those with various life challenges. ARC Broward operates three social enterprises including the ARC Broward Learning Institute, ARC Broward Culinary Institute and ARC Broward Electronics Recycling Services and provides services through 22 programs in 8 locations across Broward County. By working hand in hand with families, guardians, businesses, civic organizations, donors and funders, encouragement and opportunities that create life-changing outcomes are provided so that people with disABILITIES and other challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities. To learn more or to donate visit www.arcbroward.com or call 954-746-9400.