Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month raises awareness and promotes the inclusivity of people with developmental disabilities. Additionally, it brings to light barriers people with disabilities still face due to a lack of appropriate accommodations. Everyone plays a critical role in creating inclusive spaces, helping to foster more connections.
“We recognize the fundamental value and strength of all individuals. Our teams create a safe space for open, inclusive, and diverse participation of all peers, clients, and ideas. We build high levels of trust and belonging”.Inclusion Value at Public Knowledge®
Developmental disabilities are defined as impairments in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. This definition includes Autism spectrum disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, intellectual or learning disabilities, hearing loss, and vision impairment.
Spreading awareness is crucial to creating inclusive, accommodating spaces where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Additionally, it helps to break down barriers and stereotypes and makes society more welcoming, helping to remove the stigma and isolation attached to disability.
Operationalizing these behaviors is just as imperative so words align with actions. This speaks to this year’s theme chosen by the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and its partners, Beyond the Conversation. Also, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Public Knowledge® are not sales pitches; they are embedded in our values and everyday interactions with colleagues and clients. We actively seek ways to create an environment where all are seen, heard, and given the tools to thrive.