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Journeys, state of Tennessee celebrating 'Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month'
Posted: Mar. 12, 2018
It’s once again the time of year to recognize the valuable contributions made by individuals with disabilities who live, work, play, vote, volunteer and build relationships right here in Rutherford County and across the state!
That’s why Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has named March 2018 “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month,” according to a press release from the governor’s office.
“In Tennessee, we have a fundamental belief that all means all, so when we talk about increasing workforce opportunities, that covers everyone,” Haslam said, via the release.
Haslam noted that the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD), working with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Economic and Community Development, has “worked really hard to put programs together to match employers with people with disabilities and appropriate skill level jobs.”
And it “is working,” Haslam said, adding that his administration and the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities are focused on a common goal.
“Empowering those with disabilities to contribute their skills and relationships in our local communities,” he said.
On the local level, it is Murfreesboro-based non-profit organization Journeys in Community Living’s responsibility to provide supports for people with disabilities in Rutherford and Cannon Counties that lead them to getting employed, living in their own homes, volunteering and accessing healthcare, among other important goals.
The almost 50-year-old non-profit is committed to supporting adults with disabilities “in choosing and realizing their visions of where and how they live, work and socialize.”
Journeys is also celebrating “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” by recognizing the hard work of both its full- and part- time professional staff and the individuals it serves.
Haslam’s proclamation states that “Tennessee is committed to recognizing that every person, regardless of perceived ability, has valuable strengths; infinite capacity to learn and make decisions; and the capability to make important contributions to their communities when given opportunities to do so.”
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