March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month | News

EVERY March, the nation shines a spotlight on the disability community by celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, or DDAM. This year’s national theme is “Imagined Worlds”. Northern Marianas Protection and Advocacy Systems Inc. or NMPASI Advocates will be hosting a social media campaign for the month of March in honor of DDAM.

An intellectual disability is defined as a mental or physical disorder that begins between the ages of 0 and 22. The person must have at least three functional limitations such as learning, mobility, self-care, ability to live independently and economic self-sufficiency. Types of developmental disabilities are cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and learning disabilities.

This campaign aims to highlight how people with intellectual disabilities lead normal lives. In return, the public can learn how they can help people with intellectual disabilities achieve their dreams. This campaign aims to raise awareness of disability inclusion, provide guidance on Individual Education Plan 101 and self-advocacy skills. There will also be awareness of the barriers people with developmental disabilities face on a daily basis and how we as a community can help.

NMPASI is the CNMI designated organization that protects the civil, legal and human rights of persons with disabilities. For more information about our programs and services, please contact NMPASI at our office numbers (670) 235-7273/4, SMS (670) 287-0652, or visit our website at www.nmpasi.org

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