LifeShare Celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

 

Pictured is LifeShare Pathways Facilitator, Joni Thomas - representing LifeShare with Lt. Govenor Mike Foley at the
Developmental Disability Awareness Proclamation signing at the Nebraska Statehouse.

 

It is estimated that 2.5 million adults and children have a developmental disability. To encourage communities to understand developmental disabilities, many State and Federal leaders have proclaimed March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

LifeShare encourages all of us to take the time to get to know someone with a developmental disability and to help us raise awareness of the many possibilities people with developmental disabilities have as well as public policies affecting people with disabilities.

“This is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of people with developmental disabilities but also continue to advocate and educate our community on the important issues affecting people with developmental disabilities,” said Callie Miller, CEO for LifeShare.

A developmental disability is a severe, chronic disability attributable to mental or physical impairment, or combination of such impairments, which manifests before the person is age 22 and is likely to continue indefinitely. It results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of these major life activities: self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living and economic self-sufficiency. Some examples of a development disability are autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and epilepsy.

“We can all become more active by advocating for system and policy changes, getting to know fellow community members with a developmental disability and celebrating our diversity,” said Callie Miller.