March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time set aside to bring awareness to developmental disabilities and celebrate the accomplishments of impacted individuals. You may read about highlighted celebrities with developmental disabilities and their achievements. At PRIDE Industries, we celebrate the successes of individuals with developmental disabilities every day.
Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to impairment in physical, learning, language or behavior areas. According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately one in six children in the U.S. has one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays. Developmental disabilities include autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, epilepsy, fragile-X syndrome, and intellectual disabilities.
Forty-nine years ago, a group of parents seeking greater opportunities for their adult children with developmental disabilities founded PRIDE Industries. Today, PRIDE is a nationally recognized nonprofit social enterprise with an unchanged mission: creating jobs for people with disabilities.
Approximately half of the individuals that PRIDE Industries employs and serves have developmental disabilities. People like Cameron, Mitchell, Donald, Jonathan, Margaret and Joseph, who have the opportunity to work, learn, grow and contribute to their communities. They are not famous, but they are inspiring. We hope you will spend a few minutes reading their stories and consider ways in which you can create opportunities for individuals like them in your business or organization.