Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month celebrated

Pictured from the left are Jackson County Commissioner President Paul Haller, Jackson County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Nick Elliott (holding proclamation), Jackson County Commissioners Ed Armstrong and Jon Hensler

JACKSON — The Jackson County Commissioners have proclaimed the month of March as “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” in Jackson County.

Jackson County Commissioners Paul Haller, Ed Armstrong, and Jon Hensler adopted a proclamation during one of their meetings in March.

Jackson County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Nick Elliott was on hand to accept the proclamation.

“We encourage all citizens to support opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities in our community,” stated Haller. “That includes full access to education, housing, employment, and recreational activities.”

The proclamation, in part, states:

“Individuals with developmental disabilities, their friends, neighbors, and co-workers encourage everyone to focus on the abilities of all people.

“The most effective way to increase this awareness is through everyone’s active participation in community activities and the openness to learn and acknowledge each individual’s contribution.

“Opportunities for citizens with developmental disabilities to function as independently and productively as possible must foster in our community.”

This year’s theme is “Celebrate Our Differences.”

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