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Raising Awareness Of Developmental Disabilities

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Mental retardation and other developmental disabilities affect more than 7 million Americans and their families. In Lane County, 4,000 people with developmental disabilities live, work and recreate in our communities. March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Lane County Developmental Disabilities Services facilitates residential and vocational services to nearly 1,700 individuals with developmental disabilities in Lane County. Developmental disabilities affect individuals and families of all kinds. A developmental disability can be visible, such as someone with cerebral palsy using a wheelchair, or they can be nearly invisible, such as when someone has only a mild mental impairment. Someone with a developmental disability can live in their own home, in a family home, in a foster home, or a group home. Their lives, like everyone else’s, are made up of work, friends, and family.

Lane County Developmental Disabilities Services is working to raise awareness about developmental disabilities and to increase local efforts toward enabling people with developmental disabilities to live full and productive lives of inclusion in our communities.

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A reception will be held from 1-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 18 outside the Board of Commissioners’ Conference Room, in the Public Service Building at 125 E. Eighth Ave., Eugene. This reception is being held in recognition of the hard-working providers who meet the needs of the nearly 1,700 individuals served by Lane County Developmental Disabilities, the more than 275 adults living in foster homes in Lane County, and of all the residential and vocational providers.

A collection of photographs and personal stories about foster care providers and the people they serve is on display all month inside the Wayne Morse Plaza entrance to the Lane County Courthouse (corner of Eighth and Oak).

Did you know?

Organizations throughout Oregon and the United States recognize March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.