As I hope readers know March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The month was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. In previous years I’ve posted tons of resources available to promote the contributions and rights of people with disabilities. Because this post is late in the month it’s too late for promotion, so I’m thinking more about individual awareness.
In this environment, it’s probably best to take time to really think about our awareness of the potential of people in our community – the writers, the artists, the performers, our colleagues who may see the world from a unique perspective. We need to see and appreciate their contributions.
Through Voices of Northeast we have interviewed people who share light on the facts of what individuals with developmental disabilities contribute to this fragmented society. Their words and the work that they are doing are critical to forming our thinking about the potential of those who offer unique insights.
The interview with Bryan Boyce and writer Vince Fiorilli of Cow Tipping Press is illustrative.
We also spoke with a representative of ArtForce, a Northeast Minneapolis organization that is very aware of the potential of individuals with developmental disabilities to inform our thinking about this world and this society.
Interact is on my short list for learning more. So many more on my list! I’m always eager to learn more about individuals and groups that are exploring the ways in which people with disabilities share their special perspectives so that we all increase our understanding of the community, the world, life, the universe and everything. Ideas welcome and appreciated!