Disability Awareness Month in Indiana

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, working towards helping people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) become productive members of society. Since then, those with such disabilities have been able to contribute to and live in regular society rather than living in institutions.

With the aim of promoting independence, integration, and inclusion of all people with disabilities, the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities has long celebrated March as Disability Awareness Month, working towards bringing about substantial change and opportunities for those living with disabilities.

One major focus is to provide appropriate job opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Many organizations, such as The Arc Northwest Indiana, have shown how career intensive programs can give persons who have some form of disability leverage in the workforce by simply matching them up with appropriate employers. According to Arc Northwest Indiana Placement Support Services Director Margo Surprise, this system allows career driven people with I/DD to lead secure, happy lives.

Although March is recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, people who have sustained intellectual or other long term disabilities that prevent them from working may need financial help any time of the year. The attorneys at the Hankey Law Office, can work with those who have been disabled to seek the long term insurance benefits they need. Discuss your situation today by calling (800) 520-3633 today.