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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2023

March 1, 2023

DD Awareness Month artwork showing several petals of flower together and one apart.

Every March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and its partners collaborate to lead Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM). The campaign highlights how people with and without disabilities come together to form strong communities. DDAM raises awareness of the inclusion and contributions of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life, and it's a time to explore the work we still need to do to remove barriers.

The 2023 theme, Beyond the Conversation, focuses on the question, "what next?" With this theme, NACDD plans to highlight change and innovation what individuals and communities are doing to move past discussions and take action on education, employment, accessibility, and more.

Related ACL Work


Beyond the Conversation: Putting “Nothing About Us Without Us” into Action

By Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging

Select Events

Disability Employment Technical Assistance Center (DETAC) Webinar

Celebrating DDAM: Let’s Partner with Councils on Developmental Disabilities

March 14, 3 p.m. ET | Watch the Recording

Black Feathers Podcast Live Recording

A live podcast in partnership with NACDD

March 21, 3 p.m. ET | Watch the recording

ACL Webinar Series

Part One- Community Living Housing Options: Perspective on Barriers and Solutions

March 29, 3-4:15 p.m. ET | Webinar recording will be posted if it becomes available

FEMA and NACDD Webinar

Innovations in Inclusive Emergency Management

March 30, 12-1 p.m. ET | Webinar recording will be posted if it becomes available

Recommended Hashtags

#DDawareness2023 (NACDD full tag)

#DDAM2023 (NACDD short-form tag)

#BeyondTheConversation (NACDD theme-specific tag)

#DevelopmentalDisabilities (tag to reach a wider audience)

Join the conversation on Twitter: Follow @ACLgov and @NACDD.

Social Media Graphics

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NACDD's DDAM logo features artwork by Jamila Rahimi, selected from Art Enables. NACDD encourages others to use the image in their own branding and materials.

Relevant Websites & Resources

Last modified on 05/15/2023

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