March proclaimed as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month


The Guam Legislature has declared March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

The Guam Developmental Disabilities Council, CEDDERS, and other partners are instrumental in the advocacy and promotion of programs that allow individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve independence and improve the quality of their lives.

They are also raising awareness on the barriers faced by people with disabilities.

In a virtual presentation, Senator Amanda Shelton spoke about this year’s theme — “The Virtual Reality” — and how it is inspired by the community’s ability to cope with the challenges of the pandemic.

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“We are embracing new ways to stay safe, informed, and connected, recognizing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has on our society which has affected the traditional methods with which people have interacted socially. Many around the world continue to observe protocols and recommendations from medical professionals to help control the spread of the virus online and other virtual communication platforms have made it safer, easier and more convenient for people to stay better informed and connected with one another, creating an environment that is more inclusive,” Shelton said.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero also held a virtual proclamation signing Monday afternoon, declaring March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.