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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March marks the start of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! Goodwill Columbus is a proud provider of person-centered, employment-focused services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

What is Developmental Disabilities Awareness?

A recognition to raise the awareness of the support and success for individuals with developmental disabilities and to provide the opportunities they need to reach their fullest potential.

What is a developmental disability?

Developmental disabilities are impairments in physical, learning, language, or behavioral development, and include:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Learning or intellectual disabilities
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision impairment
  • Other developmental impairments

How can you champion individuals with developmental disabilities?

  • Use people-first language!
  • Emphasize individuals abilities v.s. limitations
  • Avoid language that implies negative stereotypes
  • Create and uplift¬†inclusive¬†environments, events, and organizations for individuals with all ranges of abilities

Services for individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities

Adult Day Services

  • Day program that offers individuals the opportunity to learn, grow and advance through exploration and volunteerism in the communities where they live.

Work & Community Services

  • Day program that provides support, community-integrated work and activity opportunities, vocational habilitation, activity groups and socialization programs, all in a safe, structured and caring environment.

Residential Services

  • In-home care for individuals to receive support with daily care and hygiene, transportation and community involvement, and empowerment in daily living.

Project Search

  • A 24-week program that provides participants with direct work experience in a logistics-focused Job Readiness Training program, as well as soft skills development in communication, personal hygiene, self-advocacy, and professional etiquette.

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