National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Side-by-Side Campaign of 2016

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

In an effort to spread awareness about developmental disabilities, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) are partnering to launch a social media campaign (Side-by-Side) to highlight the many ways in which people with and without developmental disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

Partnering organizations will have access to a Social Media Calendar containing 23 (the number of work days in March) unique links to statistical information, quotes, resources, and stories related to developmental disabilities.  Councils, Centers, organizations, and individuals are invited to use the information contained in the calendar directly or inspire their own “Side by Side” social media posts during March 2016 that they can use themselves. 

To learn more about the Side-by-Side Campaign and obtain information on how you and your organization can participate, visit

Contact Angela Castillo-Epps at acastillo-epps @ for questions or comments.

Rachel is the Media & Design Specialist on the Family to Family team at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD. She completed her Master's in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management at UMKC. She is proud to say she is a second generation AmeriCorps member! Her passion is where social justice and technology meet. Her specialty is making projects, programs, and organizations look good.

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