Granholm Recognizes March As Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

March 1, 2006

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm signed a proclamation today announcing March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Michigan residents are asked to recognize the contributions and commitments of people with developmental disabilities and celebrate the diversity they bring to the community.

“Many of us know someone with a developmental disability and can understand the challenges they face on a daily basis,” said Janet Olszewski, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. “By working together, we can help elevate awareness.”

Developmental disabilities inflict nearly two percent of the state’s population. Those with disabilities can struggle to maintain a steady job, reliable transportation, adequate housing, and social and recreational activities.

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities (DD) Council, within the Michigan Department of Community Health, is comprised of 21 Michigan citizens and serves as an advocate for those with developmental disabilities through federal grants and a network of local grassroots organizations.

Advocacy organizations and agencies around the state will be hosting numerous special events that will include roundtable discussions, a 5k walk/run, and an employer-awareness evening.

For more information on Michigan’s DD Council, or the events taking place this month, please contact Vendella Collins at (517) 334-6123.