March is recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This recognition promotes the respect of people with developmental disabilities and raises awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face.
Developmental disabilities are defined as impairments in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. These conditions begin during a child’s developmental period and may impact day-to-day functioning throughout their lifetime. Recent US estimates show that approximately 17% of children aged 3 through 17 years have one or more developmental disabilities, such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, vision impairment and other developmental delays.
Watch this video to hear the perspectives of four people with different disabilities.
Post artwork by artist Calvin “Sonny” Clarke.