“Ability at Work” is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2014. The Preble County Board of Developmental Disabilities and other related organizations celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March and invite you to consider the true meaning of this year’s theme, “Ability at Work!”
Statewide, and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability. “Ability at Work” encourages people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship and schools, everyone wins.
“This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the individuals we serve,” said Diane Knupp, superintendent, Preble County Board of DD. “During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we encourage people to learn more about the 300 people in our communities who have developmental disabilities and to recognize that all of us have talents and abilities that we can offer to make this a better place to live and work.
PCBDD will kick off its recognition of March as DD Awareness Month with a celebrity basketball game between the Cougars, our Special Olympic basketball team, and the Preble County Generals, a team of local celebrities (see adjacent story). Also, in March, the Preble County Commissioners will declare the month as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month throughout the county.
We encourage everyone to get acquainted with someone who has a developmental disability. You’ll learn that everyone has something to offer and that when we are all together, we accomplish more and everyone wins!