Prentiss Mayor Charles A. Dumas recently signed a proclamation declaring March as “Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” in the town of Prentiss.
As people from Ellisville State School’s Prentiss Community Homes stood by his side in the conference room at City Hall, the mayor commended workers and signed the document that acknowledged citizens who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. “We not only celebrate the work you do in our community during the month of March, but we recognize and appreciate what you do throughout the year,” said Dumas. “Your presence here has not only been beneficial to the community home residents, but to our community as a whole.”
Dumas noted that many of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities work, shop, and participate in a variety of activities in the Prentiss community. He stated that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are “entitled to enjoy, participate in and share the same benefits, privileges and protection afforded other citizens of our city, state and nation.”
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.