March is Developmental Disabilities Month—See Me for Me!

Disability Awareness Month March 2018

You’re invited to take part in the March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in a variety of ways centered on the theme “See Me for Me.”

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) have come together again to plan a campaign for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2018. The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and its partners in the Tennessee Developmental Disabilities Network and other community partners are participating.

The goal for this month is to create awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life, and to share the stories of individuals with a disability to show that a successful life is possible.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation that the month of March should be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.” Though the mission remains largely the same, much has changed since 1987.

While the aim remains to increase public awareness, the focus has shifted to the importance of inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of community living.

You are invited to take part by sharing your stories, photos, and resources to expand the conversation of inclusion and accessibility.



This year’s theme of “See Me for Me!” means looking beyond someone’s disability and seeing a person and not just a person with a disability.

How to Participate

  • Share stories, photos, and videos that expand the conversation of inclusion and disability on your social media channels using #DDawareness18
  • Search social media for #DDawareness18 and like, comment on, share, and retweet the posts from others
  • Use this schedule to help guide the topic of your posts:
    • March 1-9 (Week 1): See Me as your Classmate (share Education stories)
    • March 10-16 (Week 2): See Me as your Coworker (share Employment stories)
    • March 17-23 (Week 3): See Me as your Neighbor (share Community Living stories)
    • March 24-30 (Week 4): See Me as your Friend (share any kind of story)
  • See this resource guide for additional information and some suggestions of posts that you can share from campaign participants.
  • Additional information, including graphics; social media links for AUCD, NACDD, and NDRN; informational webinar archives; and DD Awareness Proclamations from several states are posted online at

Questions about how to take part? Contact

*This article is largely drawn from “March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” on the AUCD website.


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