Ellisville Mayor Tim Waldrup recently welcomed guests to City Hall where he signed a proclamation declaring March as Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in the city of Ellisville.
Waldrup acknowledged that Ellisville has citizens who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. He said he wants people in Ellisville and elsewhere to be mindful of their contributions to society. The mayor stated that regardless of who a person is or where they come from, they have a purpose in life.
“We all have something to contribute to society,” said Waldrup. “People with intellectual and developmental disabilities should be given an opportunity. They should be treated with dignity and respect, just like everyone else in the community, state and nation.”
Waldrup said people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are very active in the Ellisville community. He added that he often sees them shopping, eating at restaurants, and attending church in the city. “They are absolutely engaged in life and are busy doing what they can to help themselves and their families.”
The mayor further stated, “Everyone must remember to treat people like they want people to treat them.”
Ellisville 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. The goal was to bring awareness to the needs of people with developmental disabilities and to 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.
In recent years, those with intellectual disabilities were added to the awareness campaign. Each year activities and events are held in March to promote awareness of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and focus on their accomplishments and abilities as they contribute to their communities.
For additional information about Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month call 601-477-9384.