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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), partners with Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) to create a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. DD Awareness Month covers three main areas: education, employment and community living. Throughout the month of March we will use these themes to guide our weekly content.

Social Media Imagery

Art by Gary Murrel
Art by Gary Murrel
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Use this as your social media cover photos for the month of March and share it across your nextworks!

This year’s imagery features art by Gary Murrel. Gary’s artwork is simultaneously complex and simple; his minimalist style of detailing people and faces evoke a depth of expression and emotion that is immediate and powerful. To read more about Gary, visit Art Enables.

Resource Guide

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The intention of this resource guide is to help provide you with content for posting on social media during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. There are no set guidelines for posting – feel free to share whatever you want, whenever you want!

  • Remember to always use the hashtag #DDAwareness19
  • For every day throughout the month of March, NACDD will also be featuring the artwork of advocates on its social media. Visit NACDD’s Facebook and Twitter to see and share some amazing artwork!
  • This resource guide will be updated with new resources every Monday throughout the month of March. If you have or know of a resource that you want to be included, please email Jessica Misilo at


Social Media and Accessibility 101

Get Involved! Submit your resources to be featured

We want to use this campaign to showcase the excellent work that is being done to celebrate and improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities. If you have resources or materials that you think should be included and shared with this campaign, please send them to us! We will feature the submissions on our resource guide and they will shared to audiences all across the country. Examples of resources include, but are in no way limited to, videos, toolkits, news articles, photos, personal stories, promising practices, etc. Share what events your community is doing to celebrate DD Awareness Month and show us how you are making a difference during March! With your help, we can make the DD Awareness Month campaign a success! A special element of this year’s campaign is highlighting the artwork created by people with disabilities. With the artist’s permission, we will highlight their art in the DD Awareness Month campaign imagery. Please note that any artwork submitted to NACDD may be subject to modification by NACDD. All artists will be given credit in the form of image captions.

If you have resources that you would like to submit or would like your artwork to be featured, please send to Jessica Misilo at

Archived Webinar and Powerpoint

Below are links to the archived informational webinar and the PowerPoint slides with notes that were used during the webinar. If you need the PowerPoint in a different format, please email

DD Awareness Month 2019 Webinar PowerPoint

DD Awareness Month 2019 Webinar PowerPoint in PDF

DD Awareness Month 2019 Recorded Webinar

Follow NACDD on social media to keep up to date with all things DD Awareness Month!

Contact Us!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us – we are more than happy to help!

Jessica Misilo

(202) 506-5813