The Middletown Township Board of Supervisors proclaimed March as National Developmental Disabilities Month at their meeting on Monday, March 7th, 2022.
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is recognized and celebrated each year during the month of March. This month raises awareness about the barriers and obstacles countless people face every single day. Intellectual and developmental disabilities are disorders that are usually present at birth and that negatively affect the trajectory of the individual’s physical, intellectual, and/or emotional development. People with a developmental disability are of all racial, ethnic, educational, social, and economic backgrounds, and are all valued members of society who find fulfillment living everyday lives.
The Board of Supervisors established the Human Relations Commission in 2020, merging it with the then-existing Disabled Persons Advisory Board. Under their combined scope, the Human Relations Commission promotes the value and diversity of several underrepresented groups in our community, including those with mental and physical disabilities.
“During this month we are reminded of the value and contributions people with developmental disabilities make to our community”, noted Middletown Township Supervisor Mike Ksiazek during the meeting, “The Township is made stronger when all people, including those with developmental disabilities, are included, accommodated, and celebrated.”
The Board of Supervisors value what is important to people with disabilities and their families who are striving for everyday lives no different than that of all other citizens. They encourage residents to support those with a developmental disability, and express support for inclusion and acceptance of persons within the community.
The Township would like to thank James Henderson, a member of the Human Relations Commission, for bringing attention to this month and encouraging Middletown Township to give this month the recognition it deserves.