Prentiss Mayor Proclaims March as IDD Awareness Month
Prentiss Mayor Charles A. Dumas signed a proclamation on March 2 declaring March as “Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” in the Town of Prentiss.
With people from Ellisville State School’s Prentiss Community Homes standing by his side in the conference room 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.”
Dumas noted that many of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities work, shop, and participate in a variety of activities in the Prentiss community.
“It’s a tremendous asset for us to have the group homes in our community,” said Dumas. “It’s a place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live and a place for their parents to come visit them.
“The community homes also provide jobs for people in our community. It’s been a blessing to have them here in Prentiss.”
Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are achieving independence, productivity and integration in their respective communities. Each year activities and events are held during the month of March to promote awareness of people with disabilities and focus on their accomplishments and abilities as they contribute to their communities.
Prentiss 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 the more than 7 million Americans 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.