“Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of March 1987 as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. I invite all individuals, agencies, and organizations concerned with the problem of developmental disabilities to observe this month with appropriate observances and activities directed toward increasing public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities. I urge all Americans to join me in according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”
28 years of raising awareness for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. This is the proclamation from President Reagan in 1987.
Aspire of WNY has been working for and alongside individuals with developmental disabilities around Buffalo since first creating the Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New York in 1947. In March of 2003, the organization became known as Aspire of Western New York.
Today we stand stronger than ever, serving individuals and families in Erie County, Niagara County, Chautauqua County, and Cattaraugus County. We celebrate the reality that those with disabilities not only possess the ability to be a functioning, constructive member of society, but deserve to.
We will continue to strive for the advancement and betterment of the lives of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities all over Western New York because that’s what we are here to do.
This March, take notice of someone you may know or not know who was born a little different. Contact Us about job opportunities, volunteering, or if you know someone who could benefit from any of our programs.