March is DD Awareness Month


‘What’s Your Story?’ is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2016

By Corey Mangan - For The Register-Herald



EATON — The Preble County Board of Developmental Disabilities and other related organizations celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March and we invite you to consider the true meaning of this year’s theme, “What’s Your Story?”

Statewide, and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability. “What’s Your Story” encourages people to get to know someone with a disability to better understand that we are all connected and alike in many ways.

“This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the people we serve,” said Diane Knupp, superintendent, Preble County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

“During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we encourage everyone to learn more about the 375 people in our community who have a developmental disability and to recognize that all of us have talents and strengths that we can offer to make this a better place to live.”

PCBDD kicked off DD Awareness Month with a proclamation read by the Preble County Commissioners on Feb. 29. Commissioners Rodney Creech, Chris Day and Denise Robertson spent time meeting with their guests and families.

Throughout March, many events are planned where the community can get involved. Following the proclamation and the 4th annual Cougars vs. Generals fundraising game for Special Olympics, a bowling party will be held on March 12 from 1 to 3 pm at Treaty Lanes in Greenville.

And on Saturday, March 19, the Trinity Lutheran Church and St. John Lutheran Church Ingomar will be teaming up to host a “Green With Envy” dance at 6 pm. Individuals from Darke County will be joining folks from Preble at this event.

During March, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, PCBDD encourages everyone to get acquainted with someone who has a developmental disability. You’ll learn that everyone has a story, and each story holds a promise to educate and inspire others.

The Preble County Board of DD supports more than 375 people who have developmental disabilities. All of these individuals have many talents and abilities that help make our community a better place to live, work and play.

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‘What’s Your Story?’ is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2016

By Corey Mangan

For The Register-Herald

Reach Corey at cmangan@prebledd.org.

Reach Corey at cmangan@prebledd.org.

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