Logan County to Observe National Development Disabilities Awareness Month


Bellefontaine, Ohio — The Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities today announced its participation in National Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each March. The purpose of National DD Awareness Month is to spread awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities while educating the public on the barriers that continue to face those with disabilities.

To help kick off DD Awareness Month the Board is holding a Sensory Friendly Movie Event at the Bellefontaine Cinema 8 on Saturday, March 2 at 10:00 am. Admission will be free for the first 200 people. A limited supply of sensory goody bags will also be handed out.

The history of DD Awareness Month traces back to 1987 when President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation urging Americans to provide individuals with disabilities ‘the encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.” In the last 36 years, there have been many positive shifts in empowering inclusion in the world of developmental disabilities. However, there is still room to improve, as we continue to learn more about these disabilities.

“During the month of March, we are excited to continue to spread awareness about inclusion,” said Superintendent Oldiges. “Through collaboration with local organizations, schools, and the community, we have come so far in the DD field. Our goal is to continue to continue to break any and all barriers while spreading the important message that all perspectives are valued, including those of individuals with disabilities,” she continued.

The Logan County Board of DD serves over 600 children and adults in Logan County through a wide range of programming, support, and services. For additional information, visit www.logancbdd.org and follow along during the month of March as we highlight DD Awareness Month on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/logancbdd.