Celebrate the achievements of all people with developmental disabilities this month. March is proclaimed Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with regards to The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). These three organizations have come together to create awareness around developmental disabilities while telling the stories of people who live with a disability.
There are stories of children and adults who have overcome and continue to overcome obstacles thanks to support from their families or caregivers. All individuals have desires and goals they want to achieve whether it’s an advanced education, driving, living independently and getting their dream job.
Education and Disabilities
Dylan Kuehl has been preparing for 10 years to go to college and make it on his own. Thanks to the support of his family, he finally pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a student at Evergreen State College. His story is documented over several months as the first person with Down syndrome to seek admission to a four-year college in Washington state. Check out his story here.
Do you or someone you know have aspirations of attaining an education after high school? The road isn’t easy and there are bound to be bumps along the way but the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities has put together a lengthy Higher Education Resource Guide. It goes into great length covering what to think about before choosing a college and what to do after you’re accepted. Because, let’s face it, you got this!
If you’re just trying to make it through elementary or high school, there are also resources for you. Are you a parent whose child is still in school and you want to ensure they receive the best education possible? Are you looking to maneuver IEPs and meetings with teachers? The Washington Developmental Disabilities Council has put together a comprehensive guide for parents.
Working and Living in the Community
There are a variety of resources to guide parents, caregivers and staff living and working with people with disabilities. The NCADD has compiled a list of videos and sites on their website. Check out this easy to access PDF here. Click anywhere on the image to take you to the NCADD link.
For more information about education and other life issues concerning people with disabilities, click here to find resource guides, videos and information concerning you and your loved ones.