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Developmental Disability Awareness Month

DD Awareness Month Templates

March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month! We are celebrating this year by aligning with a current Action Alert from The Arc US, "Share Your Story: Why Home and Community-Based Care Matters".

People with disabilities rely on home and community-based services (HCBS) funded through Medicaid to live independently in their communities. People with disabilities rely on HCBS and direct support professionals for help with things like employment supports, getting around the community, dressing, and bathing, taking medication, and much more! But due to a decades-long lack of investments in the system, Medicaid doesn’t have the funding to support everyone. This means people are stuck on waiting lists, direct care workers are underpaid due to stagnant wages, and too often unpaid family caregivers are filling in the gaps in service. 

Use the template below to share your story! How have community-based services helped you live more independently? 

We will be featuring these submissions on social media throughout the month of March, so we encourage you to email your submission to or tag us on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.

Check out the gallery below to see examples from amazing self-advocates across the state. Click on an image to view it in full size.

This Year's Submissions

Template Submissions from 2021