Editor’s Note: This blog has been cross-posted from the Administration for Community Living’s blog.
By Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities, Administration for Community Living
Every March we celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the many contributions people with developmental disabilities (DD) make to our society. This year, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and National Disability Rights Network chose the theme “Side by Side” to highlight the principle that everyone benefits when people with and without disabilities live, learn, and earn “side by side” in the community.
This idea of true inclusion and integration is the backbone of our work at ACL, and we are proud to work with our DD network partners to make it a reality for all people.
However, it is not only people with and without disabilities who are stronger working side by side. This simple, yet powerful idea also applies to all of us working within the disability community. Historically, we have often worked within our individual spheres. DD advocates all knew each other and worked together, the independent living community did the same, and so forth. We were each doing great work, and we occasionally came together to accomplish great things such as the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but we also missed some opportunities to achieve more by working together.