March is “Inclusion of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month”, and its goal is to educate the public that people with developmental disabilities can be vital and vibrant members of their community. The Arc organization in Virginia represents 16,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families seeking full access to education, housing, employment, and recreational activities.
There are a number of ways that you can help raise awareness about the needs of people with disabilities. March also is filled with wonderful opportunitiesto help raise important funds to further the programs, services, and advocacy of The Arc – Eastern Shore.
National Disability Awareness Month strengthens our commitment to provide opportunity and growth for people with disabilities and gives us a chance to reach out to others. Please, join us in celebrating people with disabilities and the many contributions they make in our community this month. We encourage you to pick one or more of the ideas from the list below to help us raise awareness throughout this month. Together we can make a difference in our community!
Locally, Arc – Eastern Shore promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
Ways to Help
Contact us to volunteer or donate. The Arc Eastern Shore is on the front lines of advocacy and provides services & support that are essential to people with disabilities and their families.
Since many people with disabilities rely on publicly funded services to fully participate in their communities, policy makers need to know you are concerned about continuing those services in the face of budget cuts. Contact your legislator today and let them know you expect them to enact public policy to assist people with disabilities.
Help provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Talk to your employer about the practices for recruiting and hiring people with disabilities. Many employers don’t realize just how much an employee with a disability can contribute to the workplace, so inform them.
Arc – Eastern Shore
PO Box 626
Exmore, VA 23350-0626