MOUNT VERNON — It was standing room only in the Knox County Commissioners’ meeting room as a large crowd gathered to hear the commissioners read a resolution supporting March as Developmental Disability Awareness Month.
Statewide and nationally March is celebrated as Developmental Disability Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge the many abilities of individuals with disabilities. Many events and awareness activities are scheduled throughout the month to encourage the community to learn more about individuals with developmental disabilities and the many things they can do.
Knox County’s theme this year is “I Can Achieve MY Dreams, Thanks to Knox County.”
“It is really meant to focus on the many achievements of individuals with disabilities,” said Steve Oster, superintendent of Knox County Board of DD. “It’s about how Knox County is really responsible for all these great things happening in the lives of individuals with disabilities. We want the community to see that, through taxes, they provide positive improvements in the lives of hundreds of individuals with disabilities living in the Knox County community.”
The many individuals supported and affected by developmental disabilities services was evident by the large crowd gathered. In a candid session after the proclamation reading, several individuals were eager to tell the commissioners about their many accomplishments including working in the community, becoming officers within community service and self-advocacy clubs, and starring in local plays.
Additional activities in support of Developmental Disability Awareness Month include; the Celebrity Omelet and Pancake Dinner on March 13 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at New Hope Early Education Center Gym, the Bowling Benefit on March 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Colonial City Lanes, and free Autism Spectrum Disorder trainings for family members and professionals from 4 to 8 p.m. on March 29 at the Educational Services Center.