March is Our Month

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

This month at Columbia Industries, we celebrated National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. For those of you who aren't aware, President Reagan designated March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987 to bring awareness to the needs and contributions of people living with disabilities.  It is estimated that 4 million Americans live with a developmental disability.  Developmental disabilities is an umbrella term that includes blindness, Down Syndrome, ADHD, Muscular Dystrophy and Intellectual Disabilities, among others.  When someone is labeled with the term, developmental disabilities, it means that they have a long term condition that affect their everyday living in some way.

People with developmental disabilities are our co-workers, friends, neighbors and family.  They have the ability to learn, work and participate in their community, just like everyone else.  People with disabilities go to college, hold jobs, get married and participate in community activities.  At Columbia Industries, we are proud of the achievements of our clients.  We teach the skills needed to find and hold a job in the community.  While doing this, we get to see our clients take pride in their work, their activities and their independence.

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of people with intellectual disabilities. There's still time to:

1. Check out Columbia Industries on Facebook this month to see some of the great things our members and clients do.

2. Read up on or listen to one of the many disabilities writers and speakers who are inspiring others to overcome challenges of all kinds.

3. Share what you learn with your Facebook friends.

4. Support businesses that employ people with disabilities. (For a list of CI partners:

5. Be a business that employs people with disabilities.

6. Use our family of services in your business.

7. If someone with a disability has inspired you, tell them so!



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