Ellisville Mayor Lynn Buckhaults welcomed people from Ellisville State School to the City Hall recently as he signed a proclamation declaring March as “Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.”
Mayor Buckhaults acknowledged that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities “share the same desires as other Mississippians including goals in education, meaningful work, and an independent community life.” He noted that they deserve every opportunity to be successful and contribute to their community.
Although Ellisville State School has provided services in the community for almost 100 years, the mayor said many people are unaware of the programs ESS actually offers to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“Ellisville State School has always done an outstanding job in providing programs and services to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Buckhaults. “I can’t even imagine what it would be like for them if these programs were not available. That’s why I am always excited to do whatever I can to make people aware of what is done at Ellisville State School.”
In the proclamation, the mayor acknowledged that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities “have the ability and the right to work, worship, learn, and enjoy life wherever they choose.”
Buckhaults encouraged the citizens of Ellisville to recognize the unique strengths and contributions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and how they enrich the city. “I also encourage those who are unfamiliar with Ellisville State School and its programs to go down and tour the campus and see them in operation. Then you will have a better appreciation of the staff and the people they serve.”
Ellisville is among the many cities, organizations, and agencies across the state and country that observe National Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. 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.