March 2012: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

WHEREAS, nationwide, approximately 54 million people have a disability and in Michigan, more than 180,000 children and adults have developmental disabilities; and,

WHEREAS, people with disabilities and their families are capable and creative; every person, regardless of ability, has valuable strengths, infinite capacity to learn and the potential to make important contributions within their communities; and,

WHEREAS, celebrating the abilities and contributions of people with developmental disabilities can only serve to enrich Michigan and enhance our diversity; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we encourage all citizens to recognize Michigan's advances concerning persons with disabilities, but to also acknowledge that our work to ensure full inclusion is not yet done;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2012 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Michigan.