March 2019 Council News

Developmental Disabilities Month

Each year, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) recognizes Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! Councils work to create awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life, and to share the stories of individuals with a disability to show that a successful life is possible.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation that the month of March should be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.” Though the mission remains largely the same, so much has changed since 1987. While we still aim to increase public awareness, we also highlight the importance of inclusion and living life side by side.

If you have a story to share and want to participate, use the social media hashtag #ddawareness19 to join the campain.

To find out more about events and opportunities to celebrate Developmental Disabilities month in Utah, please click here.

Are you interested in serving on the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council?

2019 Council Membership Application is available.

The Utah Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking applicants for a limited number of new members to be appointed to the Council for a three-year term beginning October 1, 2019.
Recruitment is now open and applications are being accepted until April 15th, 2019. This is a wonderful opportunity to use your voice for a positive impact in Utah’s disability community.
You can apply here or contacting the UDDC office for an application form.

Our spring session of Take Your Legislator to Work is coming up!

Through this advocacy program, participants who have community-based employment or volunteer work invite their legislators to highlight their jobs and the work they do in their communities. This program offers a chance to showcase how the skills and talents of people with disabilities contribute to Utah’s economic success. We want everyone to see the valuable contributions of individuals with disabilities to Utah’s workforce. If you are interested in participating, please email uddc@utah.gov. Enrollment is open now, and visits will start in a few weeks.

Visit our website to learn more about this advocacy work.

Upcoming Events

April 9 – Executive Committee Meeting

May 4 – Law Day Fun Run
This is a Benefit Fun Run for the Disability Law Center. If you would like to run with the UDDC team, a discount can be provided. Email uddc@utah.gov for a coupon code. Runners of all abilities are welcome and encouraged! *Note: this race is voluntary and no council funds will be used.*

May 14 – Full Council Meeting

May 16-18 – Self-Advocate Conference
To learn more about this conference, click here.

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