Prentiss Mayor Charles A. Dumas recently signed a proclamation 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 the significant contributions citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities have made to the schools, families, neighborhoods, faith communities, and workforce in the area.
“Having the community homes here has been a tremendous asset to our city,” said Dumas. “It has provided jobs for numerous people in our community.
“The homes also provide a good stable environment for the residents there,” added the mayor. “It improves their quality of life and gives them a presence in the community. We are happy to have them here.”
The proclamation noted that those with intellectual and developmental disabilities “deserve the total support, respect, and acceptance of all citizens of the Town of Prentiss.” Citizens were encouraged to recognize the unique strengths and contributions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prentiss residents were also encouraged to recognize how they enrich the town and make it a better place to live.
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 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.