MARCH IS DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH
In March, we celebrate and raise awareness of the positive impact those with developmental disabilities have in our communities throughout Iowa. There are more than 350,000 Iowans who have a disability and many more whose lives have been touched including families, friends and community members. Over the last year, Iowans with Disabilities in Action (ID Action), a project in partnership with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, has shared the stories of a few of these Iowans who are making a difference in their communities and on issues that affect their everyday lives.
Mia Peterson from Des Moines has been a longtime self-advocate and firm believer that you should speak up for yourself and not let others speak for you. She recently started her own company, Aiming High, through which she travels across Iowa sharing her story to encourage other Iowans with disabilities to “Aim High” by letting their voice be heard.
Rick Samson, a longtime Des Moines resident, is passionate about giving back to the community. He is currently the co-chair of the Citizens’ Disability Council and has served on the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council. As a self-advocate, Rick believes the most important things you can do are “be persistent, be patient, don’t be quiet and keep moving forward.”
More than ever, Iowans with disabilities are engaging as advocates, a mission of the ID Action project is to help Iowans with disabilities and their families become more involved in the decision-making process that affects their everyday lives.
On March 27, ID Action along with Polk County Health Services will be hosting Advocating for Change Day (ACD) at the Iowa State Capitol. ACD is an opportunity for Iowans to take part in a training session to learn how to effectively deliver their message and then talk directly with their elected officials. This is a free event and we encourage anyone that would like to get involved to visit www.idaction.org to learn more about the event and register.
Together, Iowans affected by disability make up an important group that can significantly influence public policies that impact their everyday lives.
Launched in 2002, ID Action is a non-partisan initiative to encourage Iowans with Disabilities to increase their participation in civic and political opportunities. Nearly 8,000 ID Action registrants are working to make a positive impact across Iowa. For more information on ID Action, please visit www.idaction.org or call 1-866-432-2846.
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