Gatesway Foundation and other related organizations celebrate Developmental
Disabilities Awareness Month in March, and invite others to consider the true meaning of this
year’s theme, “Look Beyond.”
Statewide and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with
developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the
many abilities people have, regardless of disability. “Look Beyond” encourages people to
understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods,
workplaces, houses of worship, and schools, everyone wins.
The language of the official Proclamation indicates that before the 1990 Americans with
Disabilities Act, Americans were changing their perceptions about people with disabilities. It
applauded efforts by the government and the private sector to work with advocacy
organizations on measures that would help these people achieve “their full potential in school,
at work, or at home.” More than twenty‐five years later, the focus of the month continues to
promote acceptance, independence, and self‐determination.
“This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the
individuals we serve,” said Judi Myers, CEO of the Gatesway Foundation.
For more information about the Gatesway Foundation and the people we serve, please visit www.gatesway.org.