Celebrating People with Disabilities

December 3rd is the annual celebration of people with disabilities, also known as International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Including You is brought to you by the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

For more than a year and a half we’ve been in the midst of a pandemic. The world was changed by COVID-19 and it became a tougher place for many people, especially those with disabilities. Public health access, services, and care have been limited for people with disabilities. Today is a day to celebrate the opportunities people with disabilities have and advocate for meaningful investments in the improvement of their lives.

The world has changed over time, becoming more educated and more inclusive of people with disabilities. In fact, it was back in 1960 that the first Paralympic Games were held in Rome. But it has been a fight for people with disabilities to benefit from legislation and politics. This year, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, educate yourself, your loved ones, and your representatives on how we can form a more unified and inclusive world that will uphold the rights of those with disabilities.

The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities (TuscBDD) has resources for children and adults with developmental disabilities. TuscBDD provides Early Intervention for children birth to three years old, Service and Support Administration for people of all ages, family support services, family mentorship, and more! To learn more about these services and others, visit TuscBDD online at www.tuscbdd.org.

Audrey Mattevi

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