March, 2015: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

WHEREAS, approximately 180,000 people in Michigan have a developmental disability; and,

WHEREAS, Michiganders with and without disabilities work, play, worship, learn, and grow together; and,

WHEREAS, every person, regardless of ability, has valuable strengths, capacity to learn and the potential to make contributions to their local communities; 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, oftentimes people with disabilities are overlooked and we take this time to celebrate the abilities, accomplishments and contributions of people with developmental disabilities, which can serve to enrich the communities of Michigan and enhance our diversity; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we encourage all citizens to recognize Michigan advances concerning people with disabilities, but also to acknowledge that our work to ensure, integrated employment, community living, access to resources, and full inclusion are not yet done;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim March 2015 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Michigan.