Photo Caption: Individuals from Ellisville State School recently joined Ellisville Mayor Tim Waldrup at City Hall as he signed a proclamation declaring March as “Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.”
Ellisville Mayor Tim Waldrup signed a proclamation on March 6 declaring March as “Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” in the City of Ellisville.
With individuals from Ellisville State School standing by his side in the board chambers at City Hall, the mayor signed the document which acknowledged citizens who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. The proclamation noted that these individuals are “entitled to enjoy, participate in and share the same benefits, privileges and protection afforded other citizens of our city, state and nation.”
Waldrup pointed out that many of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities work, shop and participate in a variety of activities in the Ellisville community.
“Many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are achieving independence, productivity and integration in their respective communities,” added Waldrup. “We, in conjunction with family members, advocacy groups, governmental agencies, and service organizations are attempting to educate the general public about their abilities and contributions to their communities.”
Ellisville State School is among agencies from across the state and country observing National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, aiming to bring awareness to the needs of people with disabilities and help others understand the challenges often faced by the more than 7 million Americans living with a developmental disability who strive to be fully included in society.
Each year activities and events are held during the month of March to promote awareness of individuals with disabilities and focus on their accomplishments and abilities as they contribute to their communities.
Waldrup said the City of Ellisville has maintained a wonderful relationship with Ellisville State School across the years and is “delighted to participate in this significant occasion.”
“We celebrate those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as the workers who care for them,” said Waldrup.
For additional information about Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month or Ellisville State School, call 601-477-9384.