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.
Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO