March is Intellectual Disability Awareness Month

Tom CorbettArlington Heritage Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the Proclamation, signed on February 13th, 2013, by Governor Tom Corbett as proclaiming March 2013 as Intellectual Disability Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. He has encouraged the public to support Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and their families. Check your community businesses and organizations for event listings and ways to get involved.

PROCLAMATION

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH

March 2013

           WHEREAS, An intellectual disability is defined as a disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social and practical adaptive skills, which originates before age 21; and

          WHEREAS, people with an intellectual disability are of all racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic backgrounds; and

          WHEREAS, people with an intellectual disability are valued members of society— our friends, neighbors and co-workers—who find fulfillment living everyday lives; and

          WHEREAS, early intervention, education and home and community-based services continue to be vital to enabling citizens with an intellectual disability to function and thrive.

          THEREFORE, In order to recognize the many contributions and challenges of citizens with an intellectual disability, I, Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim March 2013 as INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH in Pennsylvania. I encourage all citizens to support the efforts and hard work of Pennsylvanians with an intellectual disability and their families as they strive to live self-determined lives and realize their own personal aspirations.

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