The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners recognized the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Calvert County. Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month was established in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to provide encouragement and opportunities necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a time to recognize the efforts made to achieve a culture of meaningful and full inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. Through awareness and outreach, the idea of true inclusion and integration can become a reality and highlight the principle that everyone benefits when people with and without disabilities live, learn and earn together in the community.

Pictured with the board to receive the proclamation are Commission on Aging Chairperson and Melwood Program Director for Workforce Development and Guidance Elizabeth Poster, Calvert County Office on Aging Division Chief Susan Justice, Commission on Aging member and ARC of Southern Maryland Chief Executive Officer Terry Long, Calvert County Office on Aging Client Manager Tunya Taylor, Calvert County Office on Aging Developmental Disabilities Specialist Ruthie Birch, Calvert County Parks & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Joy Weir and Commission on Aging member and Calvert Hospice Outreach Coordinator Tanea Granlund.

Image courtesy of the Calvert County Commissioners Office