Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee recently welcomed people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to City Hall where he signed a proclamation declaring March as “Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” in the City of Laurel.
Magee acknowledged that the City of Laurel currently has citizens who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. He said their contributions to the community are greatly appreciated.
With people from Ellisville State School standing by his side in his office at City Hall, the mayor signed the document that acknowledged the significant contributions citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities have made to the schools, families, neighborhoods, faith communities, and workforce in the area.
People served by Ellisville State School are present as Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee signs a proclamation declaring March as “Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” in the City of Laurel.
The proclamation noted that those with intellectual and developmental disabilities “deserve the total support, respect, and acceptance of all citizens of the City of Laurel.” Citizens were encouraged to recognize the unique strengths and contributions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Laurel residents were also encouraged to recognize how they enrich the city and make it a better place to live.
Laurel is among the many cities, organizations, and agencies across the state and country that observe National Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The observance began in 1987, when President Ronald Reagan declared March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In recent years, those with intellectual disabilities were added to the awareness campaign. The goal is to bring awareness to the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to help others understand the challenges often faced by those living with an intellectual or developmental disability who strive to be fully included in society.
For additional information about Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month or Ellisville State School’s programs and services, call 601-477-5600.