Three Ways to Join the Social Media Campaign

As Developmental Disabilities Month winds down, remember that these ideas are not limited to the month of March—raising awareness about inclusion and success stories can happen anytime!

In 1987, many years before any of our current Transition Network students were born, President Ronald Reagan saw potential in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To support the idea of creating a brighter future and greater opportunities for all, he proclaimed March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

“Disabilities need not keep individuals from realizing their full potential in school, at work or at home, as members of their families and of their communities,” said President Reagan in his proclamation.

Each year since then, organizations like the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD),and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) partner to highlight the many ways the people of diverse abilities contribute to their communities.

This year they are focusing on social media as a tool to raise awareness about inclusion and success stories, and they encourage everyone to join the campaign.
Here are three suggestions for ways each of us can raise awareness through social media.

  1. Check out the artwork on NACDD’s Facebook and Twitter pages, featuring artists from the Art Enables organization (including Gary Murrel’s work shown above.) Share them on your own pages!
  2. Share your own stories, photos or videos, and use the hashtag #DDAwareness19
  3. Download the NACDD Resource Guide for links to resources to watch, listen to, or read. The guide also links to awareness and advocacy events around the country.