Happy first day of March! March represents many things: the beginning of the end of winter, longer days, and the observation of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, National Brain Injury Awareness month, and National Nutrition month!
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, is an opportunity to celebrate individuals with developmental disabilities, to share their stories, and to show the value that inclusion brings to our communities. This is also a chance to shed light on the obstacles that many people still face and how we can all work together to be more inclusive and accepting.
The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, the Association of University Centers of Disabilities, and the National Disability Rights Network partnered to create a campaign for the month. This year’s theme is “See Me for Me!” The campaign includes a plethora of resources to help the nation raise awareness about developmental disabilities. We can all work together to increase awareness about developmental disabilities. Remember to use the hashtag, #DDawareness18.
March is observed as Brain Injury Awareness Month, with the Brain Injury Association of America leading the campaign charge. The theme for 2018 to 2020 is “Change Your Mind” and provides the opportunity to educate the public about the prevalence of brain injury and the needs of individuals with brain injuries and their families. Additionally, this month is meant to empower individuals with brain injuries to share their story. Use the hashtag, #ChangeYourMind.
Nutrition is a critical factor that directly affects an individual’s overall health. To celebrate National Nutrition Month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a wealth of resources to drive healthy eating styles, including population specific tools for professionals, families, and other age cohorts. Integrating proper nutrition into one’s diet can be life-changing and small, incremental changes can lead to a healthier, happier lifestyle.
MediSked’s mission aims to improve the lives of the individuals that our human service organization partners serve. We are proud that our software and solutions allow organizations across the country to support hundreds of thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries live the lives they choose.