Every March, the nation celebrates National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.

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Every March, the nation celebrates National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. President Reagan urged Americans to assist individuals with developmental disabilities so they could receive the support, encouragement and opportunities they deserve to live fulfilling and enriched lives. With an estimated 4.6 million Americans living with developmental disabilities today, CDS Monarch continues to share this vision.

“Our mission and vision allow us to fully embody what it means to raise awareness for individuals with developmental disabilities,” CDS Monarch President/CEO Sankar Sewnauth said. “Through the quality services and compassionate care we provide, we are able to create independence and new opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We also work closely with families, volunteers, donors and community members to spread awareness and encourage involvement in activities that support individuals with disabilities.”

In an effort to share their mission, CDS Monarch hosts several annual events to help bring about awareness for the various developmental disabilities, not only in March, but year round. Most recently, CDS Monarch and The Wolf Foundation hosted the eighth annual Strikes for Abilities Bowling Party at Clover Lanes, 2750 Monroe Ave. Events such as this allow for the community and the individuals CDS Monarch serves to interact and engage in a fun afternoon, not only to bring about awareness for developmental disabilities, but to also help end stigmas and encourage acceptance. The event raised $33,000 to support unfunded health, wellness and recreational activities for individuals assisted by CDS Monarch.