Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities in the Church and all areas of community life.  Developmental Disabilities are defined as  impairments in physical, learning, language or behavior areas, including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and learning or intellectual disabilities.

Pope Francis’ 2019 message at the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, stated: “We are called to recognize in every person with disabilities, even complex and serious disabilities, a unique contribution to the common good through their original life stories. …and to recognize them as persons of equal dignity, as brothers and sisters in humanity.”