WHEREAS, within the United States, one in six children aged 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 barriers and develop solutions; 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 2019 as DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.