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Celebrate March! DD Awareness Month


The Power of 1,000 voices.  The Arc New York’s 1,000 Person Rally, Albany, NY for #bFair2DirectCare Living Wage Funding Worked!  Several representatives from the Governor’s office stepping into the War Room to publically declare that the Governor would not sign a budget that did not contain a wage increase for our DSPs. Tibi Guzman, Executive Director/CEO of The Arc Westchester, made the trip with several of our family members and support staff to have their voices heard. 


At The Arc Westchester, we promote and protect the rights of individuals all year long! March is our special chance to join together to advance our mission to the wider world.

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) have come together again creating a campaign and national logo for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2019

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.  Powered by the energy of self-advocates, families and volunteers around the country, the month will commemorate the progress toward improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and recognize the challenges that remain in achieving full inclusion for people with I/DD. 

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The Arc Westchester supports infants, toddlers, teens, adults and seniors with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals with autism and Down syndrome, and their families. Our 850 caring professionals support more than 2,000 individuals throughout the county with a broad range of innovative and effective programs and services that foster independence, productivity, and participation in community life.


Join Us

The Arc Westchester, celebrates March by offering families, professionals and individuals with I/DD opportunities to network and learn during the month. Be sure to join us at our Spring Family Forum on March 9th and The 4th Annual Technology Conference for Cognition and Learning on March 28th.


Share on Social Media - #DDAwareness19


  • Post photos, videos or stories about your inclusive life
  • Share posts from other people and pages
  • Use the hashtag #DDawareness19


  • Tweet photos and stories
  • Retweet @NACDD @arcwestchester
  • Use the hashtag #DDawareness19

Get Involved

Please join us -- there are so many ways to get involved.

• Become a member
• Attend an event
• Jump in and volunteer
• Support our advocacy efforts - #bFair2DirectCare
• Sign up for e-news
• Make a gift


Other Recognitions in March

The month of March brings several awareness days for individuals to celebrate, not only for individuals with disabilities but also International Women’s Day, which is one diversity holiday employers should be keen on supporting:

  • Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month – Cerebral palsy is a neurological disability where muscle movement and coordination are typically impacted although cerebral palsy impacts everyone differently. The celebratory color for cerebral palsy is green; you can celebrate with a team picture where everyone is wearing green!
  • Developmental Disabilities Month was introduced in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan. Developmental disabilities are severe, chronic conditions that impact a person in their formative years, including autism, behavioral disorders and intellectual disabilities.
  • Deaf History Month takes place annually from March 13th to April 15th. Deaf History Month is a chance for communities and employers to come together to improve their understanding and support of the deaf community.
  • International Wheelchair Day is celebrated annually on March 1st. The celebratory day launched in 2008 for individuals to share the positive impact a wheelchair has on their lives.
  • International Women's Day will be recognized on March 8, 2019 and this year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter so be sure to include this hashtag in your social posts!
  • World Down Syndrome Day is on March 21st. You can celebrate by sharing the 2019 campaign to ensure “no one is left behind” and share your bright socks on social with the hashtag #LotsofSocks. Ensure all of your social media campaigns include the hashtag #WDSD19.
  • Purple Day for Epilepsy is celebrated on March 26th every year. To show your support, wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness.



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