WHEREAS, nationwide approximately 57 million people have a disability, and of those approximately 180,000 people in Michigan have a developmental disability; and,
WHEREAS, Michiganders with and without disabilities work together, play together, worship together, learn together, and grow together; and,
WHEREAS, every person, regardless of ability, has valuable strengths, infinite capacity to learn and the potential to make important contributions to their local communities; and,
WHEREAS, celebrating the abilities and contributions of people with developmental disabilities can only serve to enrich the communities of Michigan and enhance our diversity; and,
WHEREAS, families of people with developmental disabilities deserve our admiration and recognition for their caring commitment and ongoing support that are both essential to an independent and productive life; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we encourage all citizens to recognize Michigan’s advances concerning persons with disabilities, but also to acknowledge that our work to ensure full inclusion, integrated employment and community-based settings are not yet done;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2014 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Michigan.