As adults and children from programs operated by Ellisville State School met with him at the Laurel City Hall, Mayor Johnny Magee recently signed a proclamation declaring March as “Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.”
Magee 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.
“You go shopping here, you go out to eat here, and you do a lot of different things that are beneficial to our community,” the mayor said. “I’ve witnessed first-hand the work you do with the people at Ellisville State School. You all do a remarkable job.”
Magee, who attended a past open house at the community home for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ellisville, was glad to see some of the children he met at the open house attending the proclamation signing.
“Just seeing the progress made by these beautiful children is wonderful,” he said. “Our office is going to do what we can to support you and the work you do.”
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 in March. 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.