March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
A time for learning, educating, and advocating
- View a slide show illustrating how the Tennessee Developmental Disabilities Network works year-round on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families.
- Read a letter of Tennessee disability advocate holly lu conant-rees recounting her experience representing The Arc Tennessee at a Community Leaders Briefing with White House senior officials and President Obama
- Watch a video “Educate to Advocate” to learn about disability advocacy and Tennessee and national disability legislative issues.
- Take part in Disability Days on the Hill, organized by The Tennessee Disability Coalition. Let legislators know how their decisions affect you and your family. Call and make appointments to meet with your State Senator or Representative at Legislative Plaza on Wednesdays, Feb. 29, March 7, or March 14, or at their local offices. See also The Arc Tennessee for advocacy resources.
- Review the definition of developmental disability and see Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Resources for self-advocates and family members
Check out the Association on Developmental Disabilities (AUCD) home page to see the many ways in which AUCD and our national networks work every day to "advance policy and practice through research, education, leadership, and services for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families and communities, in support of independence, productivity, and satisfying quality of life."