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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2024

March 1, 2024

Every March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and its partners collaborate to lead Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM). The annual 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 (DD) in all aspects of community life and serves as a time to explore the work still needed to remove barriers.

NACDD's 2024 theme, A World of Opportunities, focuses on people working together to remove obstacles to building communities where everyone can do well and succeed. This year's DDAM poster features artwork by Lee Waters. NACDD encourages others to use the image in their own branding and materials.

Related ACL Work

From the ACL Blog

A World of Opportunities: Bridging I/DD and Mental Health Systems through The Link Center | March 28, 2024

A World of Opportunities: Creating Inclusive Communities by Alison Barkoff | March 1, 2024

A World of Opportunities: Promoting Augmentative and Alternative Communication by Jennifer Johnson | March 12, 2024

A Data-Driven World of Opportunities

For almost 40 years, three ACL-funded longitudinal data projects have collected information about the services provided to people with I/DD — national data used to identify specific areas of need, helping policymakers and other stakeholders make educated decisions. Over several decades, our grantees have worked to make the data more understandable and usable for people with I/DD, their families, and the public. This year, they published critical information that helps to tell the story of progress on home and community-based services that support individuals with I/DD living, working, and fully participating in their communities.

Check out the “5 Questions”

Select Events

Webinar: Innovative Strategies to Support People with DD and Brain Injury to Achieve Goals Through Small Business Ownership
Hosted by ACL's Disability Employment Technical Assistance Center (DETAC)
March 12, 2024, 3:00-4:30 PM ET | Register for the DETAC webinar

Recommended Hashtags

#DDawareness2024 (NACDD full tag)
#DDAM2024 (NACDD short tag)
#AWorldofOpportunities (NACDD campaign tag)
#DevelopmentalDisabilities (tag to reach a wider audience)

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

Social Media Graphics

Below are two feed-friendly images in addition to the NACDD graphics available here in Arabic, Cantonese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.

Observance artwork on black background with wording: Developmental Disabilities Awaresness Month 2024, A World of Opportunities. #DDAM2024Calendar icon on blue background with wording: March is Developmental Disabilities Awaresness Month, March 2024, A World of Opportunities. #DDAM2024

Relevant Websites & Resources

Last modified on 03/29/2024

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