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WHEREAS, within the United States, one in seven children ages 3-17 have one or more developmental disabilities; and
WHEREAS, Virginians with developmental disabilities contribute significantly to our schools, families, faith communities, and workforce; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to the process of transitioning to a community-based system of support for individuals with developmental disabilities and is redesigning critical programs and services to promote inclusion and community integration; and
WHEREAS, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a time to recognize the Commonwealth’s efforts to achieve a culture of meaningful and full inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities, in all facets of community life, and to set forth its commitment to identify and remove barriers to inclusion for all Virginians; and
WHEREAS, recognizing the abilities and contributions of people with developmental disabilities enriches our Commonwealth and signifies our commitment to equal opportunity, access, and rights for individuals with disabilities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2020 as DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.