March is NIDDA Month

Heidi Mahoney, Mosaic

Mosaic embraces God’s call to serve in the world by advocating for people with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for them to lead a full life. Mosaic would like to share that March 2017 marks the 28th Annual National Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness (NIDDA) Month. This month was dedicated by President Ronald Reagan, who declared March to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987, urging “all Americans to join (me) in according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”

Mosaic trio

Today people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are living and working in the community, pursuing a higher education, falling in love, worshiping in our churches and neighborhoods, and living life to the fullest. Mosaic encourages you to do something this month in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

You may consider…

  • Joining and supporting your local ARC chapter.
  • Join Mosaic Allied Voices and advocate with people with disabilities to public policy makers and legislators. Because of threats to Medicaid (the primary source of support for people with disabilities), advocacy is more important than ever. Mosaic Allied Voices makes it easy by sending alerts on important issues and information on how to contact your local legislators.
  • Learn about Mosaic’s Inclusive Worship Program called “Rejoicing Spirits” and consider incorporating more inclusion in your church’s service offerings.
  • Encourage your employer to consider hiring people with disabilities. Many employers don’t realize just how much an employee with an intellectual or developmental disability can contribute to the workplace.
  • Support businesses that employ people with disabilities and make sure they know you noticed.