WHEREAS, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and others, constitute one of America’s largest groups of citizens who have disabilities; and
WHEREAS, the most effective methods for improving the lives of these individuals are public awareness, understanding and inclusion in the community; and
WHEREAS, Arlington County recognizes those Arlington service providers who have made substantial differences in the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and
WHEREAS, Arlington County is committed to empowering and supporting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve healthy self-determined lifestyles through community-based education, living arrangements, employment, and other individualized support services; and
WHEREAS, Arlington County is proud to recognize and support the efforts of service providers which assist adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in maximizing their full potential;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Fisette, Chair of the County Board of Arlington, Virginia, do hereby proclaim March 2014 as INCLUDING PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES MONTH in Arlington County. We urge all residents, in recognition of the tremendous value and potential of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to dedicate themselves to the empowerment and full inclusion of every one of these individuals in all aspects of community life, all year long.