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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and our partners work together 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 facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

DDAM 2021 Image and Artwork

Similar to last year, we’ve selected artwork featured at local DC studio Art Enables to serve as logo imagery for DD Awareness Month. This year we have artwork from artist Eileen Schofield. Feel free to use it in your own branding!

You can download our DDAM 2021 logos here in English, Cantonese, Vietnamese or Spanish for your site and social media, or you contact NACDD staff for further assistance.

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 in our resource guide and they will be shared with 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.

A special element of the campaign that we began last year is to highlight 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.

Resource Guide

DDAM Resource Guide 2021– STILL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

We gather and curate the resources that go into the Resource Guide in the weeks leading up to March, so please send us materials soon in order to get them into the 2021 Guide’s initial release in February. If you have resources or materials that you think should be included and shared with this campaign, please send them to us! DDAM is our chance to spread stories about the excellent work you are doing  However, the Resource Guide will be updated weekly throughout the end of March as new resources are submitted, so don’t worry about missing any deadlines. Examples of resources include, but are in no way limited to, videos, toolkits, news articles, photos, personal stories, promising practices, etc.

If you have resources that you would like to submit or would like your artwork to be featured, please send them to Rafael Rolon-Muniz at [email protected].

Unlike past years, we are not recommending or organizing any themed weeks, so please feel free to share any whatever materials whenever and however you want. Just remember to use the hashtag #DDawareness2021.

For general advice and information about using social media (accessibly), look at our guide: Social Media and Accessibility 101

Archived 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 [email protected]

You can download the PowerPoint slides here in English or Spanish.  Please email NACDD staff if you need a copy in a different format.

Contact Us!

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

Robin Troutman: [email protected]

Rafael Rolon-Muniz: [email protected]

(202) 506-5813