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Recognizing Developmental Disabilities


In past centuries, people with developmental disabilities were often neglected or abused. Fear and ignorance, the same dangers that propagate exclusion for a variety of groups, went so far as to remove these people from their homes and relocate them to other cities.

Although treatment of those living with developmental disabilities today has greatly improved, there continue to be barriers keeping them on the fringe of their communities. National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, observed every March, was established to shine a light on those barriers and to promote the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of society.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 6.5 million people in the U.S. are living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. This is a huge part of our community that is being marginalized and undervalued. Take this month as an opportunity to raise your own awareness. Look for volunteer opportunities or other ways to support and promote the inclusion of the developmentally disabled right where you are. Our Simply Good article this week celebrates a campaign by one retail icon that does just that.

In this week’s Simply Diversity article, we continue with the thread of Women’s History Month by exploring why women, particularly women of color, are still underrepresented in executive-level leadership positions.

As always, thank you for reading and sharing this newsletter.

With appreciation,

Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO

Simply Diversity

Women still face many barriers when it comes to entering leadership positions. After celebrating International Women’s Day last week, I’ve been thinking about what we can do to make leadership more inclusive for women.

Business women on a mobile phone

Simply Good

Victoria’s Secret Features Its First Model with Down syndrome

Sofía Jirau is making history as Victoria’s Secret’s first model with Down syndrome. She joins 17 other women in the company’s newest campaign.

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Looking to unify your team’s mission towards a more inclusive workplace? I would love to come to speak at your team/corporate event! Together we will break down DEI concepts to help transform and empower your organization.
Upcoming Speaking Engagement

March 22, 2022
Roku: Demystifying DEI

This event is designed for employees to ask questions that may be top-of-mind for them about DEI. I look forward to demystifying the concepts, simplifying the research into common language, and providing practical recommendations for everyday actions.

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Recognizing Developmental Disabilities
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