Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day at the State House
Written by: Amy Kerrigan, Community Education Specialist
Every year, during the first week in March, individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and their community allies gather in Columbus to advocate for policies that impact their lives.
After several years of virtual gatherings due to the pandemic, the 2022 event once again offered in-person participation. On March 2, advocates from Champaign County joined the rest of the state for a day of education and activism.
A Day of Activity
Participants of DD Awareness and Advocacy Day had a busy schedule to fill their day in Columbus.
Important Topics Discussed
This year, speakers at DD Awareness and Advocacy Day asked participants to "be the change". This was one of the main topics for the day. Attendants (in-person and virtual) were praised for making their voices heard and advocating for the changes they need.
Also discussed were the state's initiatives in assistive technology. Making technology more available to persons with disabilities can allow more independence. Those served by CCBDD can call their SSA for additional resources on assistive technology.
Advocates also mentioned better accessibility in public areas, better transportation, and the Direct Support Professional shortage. All are important for supporting independent living.