Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month gains support

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County Commissioners adopted a proclamation during their Wednesday meeting honoring Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Commissioner Ginny Favede noted that opportunities for citizens with developmental disabilities to learn, work, live and volunteer increase with the support and encouragement of the community. She added that the entire community benefits from the skills and abilities people with disabilities share when opportunities are presented. All citizens are encouraged to support such opportunities in education, employment, housing and recreational activities.

“These types of things are so very important,” said Pamela McCort, communications coordinator, Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, noting the importance of providing opportunities. “That’s the key for all of us throughout our lives.”

Several self advocates were present. Pat Jobb of Martins Ferry, president of People First, accepted the proclamation. They noted the importance of acknowledging the people, not the disability.

“When we look beyond disabilities and really give people opportunities to succeed,” McCort said.

The commissioners commended the organization and its mission in raising awareness and increasing consideration of all people.

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