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Each year, The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) plans a campaign for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! The goal for this month is to create awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life, and to share the stories of individuals with a disability to show that a successful life is possible!

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation that the month of March should be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities. Though our mission remains largely the same, so much has changed since 1987. While we still aim to increase public awareness, our focus has shifted to the importance of inclusion and living life side by side. During this month, we want people to share their stories, photos, and resources far and wide to expand the conversation of inclusion and accessibility.

Below, we have provided resources to help plan activities and for you to share across social media. We are always looking for more resources to add so if you have any stories, photos, videos or resources that you would like us to share, please send them to With the ongoing submissions of new resources, this page will be continuously updated so keep an eye out! Remember to use the hashtag #DDAwareness19 throughout the month of March and in any other post about the campaign!

Resource Guide

2018 DD Awareness Month Resource Guide/Calendar

This Resource Guide/Calendar explains the weekly subthemes that NACDD has created to guide conversations. These themes and resources are merely a suggestion, so feel free to post whatever you want, whenever you want! The Resource Guide will be updated throughout the month as new resources are submitted daily, so don’t worry if you don’t see your submission yet. Anyone and everyone is welcome to share these resources across social media, but you should not feel limited to these resources or to any set schedule.

Social Media and Accessibility 101

2018 Governor Proclamations

Social Media Images

Social media images coming soon!

Social Media Links

Archived Webinar and Powerpoint

Below are links to the archived informational webinar and the PowerPoint slides with notes that were used during the webinar. If you need the PowerPoint in a different format, please email

DD Awareness Month 2019 Webinar PowerPoint

DD Awareness Month 2019 Webinar PowerPoint in PDF

DD Awareness Month 2019 Recorded Webinar

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Deanna Hartzman

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