March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The first National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month was observed in 1987, following decades of advocacy and efforts to raise awareness about developmental disabilities. This annual campaign seeks to promote inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as raise awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. 

The theme for 2024 is “A World of Opportunities.” NCSS joins the broader IDD network in a renewed commitment to create communities where all people have opportunities to live, work, play, and thrive. This month is a chance to celebrate the strong, diverse, and beautiful communities that arise when people with and without disabilities come together to live their full lives. 

Throughout the START network, we act to increase opportunities through addressing barriers, increasing awareness and knowledge, and highlighting strengths of all members of the system of support. As we move through this month, let’s all take the time to highlight places where “A World of Opportunities” is being realized. 

Join the conversation using the following hashtags: #DDawareness2024, #DDAM2024, #AWorldofOpportunities or #NewOpportunities.

Artwork celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month