Developmental Disabilities      Awareness Month

A World of Opportunities

March is recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. 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..

DDAM 2024 Theme: A World of Opportunities

“A World of Opportunities” – we’re celebrating people and working together to remove obstacles. Our goal is to build a community that’s committed to creating a world where everyone can do well and succeed. Join us in making a world where all kinds of people have the chance to thrive.

For 2024, we opened our search for artwork to our 56 Councils and their members! This year, we are so excited to partner with Lee Waters from Anchorage, Alaska and highlight his piece “What?” as our logo for DD Awareness Month 2024. Feel free to use it in your own branding during this month!

You can download our DDAM 2024 Posters here in Arabic (Poster) (Banner),  Cantonese (Poster) (Banner), English (Poster) (Banner), French (Poster) (Banner), Italian (Poster) (Banner), Japanese (Poster) (Banner) and Spanish (Poster) (Banner), for your site and social media, or you contact NACDD staff for further assistance.

In Wyoming, we host an annual luncheon that focuses on advocacy efforts in the State of Wyoming. This year, there will be presentation focusing on peer advocacy programs, voting, and more. We have resource tables for people to access resources. It also is a great networking opportunity where individuals and organizations come together and form relationships and strengthen current relationships. This year, the luncheon will have panelists that will discuss peer advocacy programs, voting rights, and informed choice.

The Council also hosts an Artists' Gala, an inclusive event where individuals can showcase artwork to people with disabilities, their family, friends and neighbors, employers, service providers, educators, rehabilitation specialists, social workers, senior citizens, health care workers, medical professionals; and more. What better way to share the excellent work and talent individuals with developmental disabilities have by celebrating abilities, artistic talents, ideas, products, and cultural diversity!