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Resource Center for Independent Living and Oneida County Government Recognize March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as provide education about some of the barriers that individuals with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.
On March 8, 2021 Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. issued a proclamation declaring March 2021 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Oneida County.
“Each March, we call attention to the importance of the inclusion of those with development disabilities in all areas of Oneida County life, but the work of providing education and eliminating barriers for these individuals occurs every single day,” Picente said. “I applaud organizations like the Resource Center For Independent Living for advocating for our residents with developmental disabilities and I encourage everyone to support such efforts year round.”
Living and working in the community is a high priority for many individuals with disabilities, and with the appropriate services and supports, it can and will happen!
Independent Living Centers like RCIL provide vital services and supports so that individuals with developmental disabilities are able to live independent lives; making their own choices about where and how they want to live, work, go to school and participate in our community.
RCIL offers a wide range of programs and services to help ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities can succeed in living and working in the community. LIFE at RCIL Advocates are able to provide active support and guidance to ensure that an individual’s choices for living independently are respected.
Information is power. LIFE at RCIL’s Advocates work to ensure that you have all the information you need to be able to make well informed choices and take control of your own life. Self-Direction services can help ensure that individuals have supports in place to live independently at home and in the community, Educational Advocates are available to ensure that students and parents have the tools for educational success, and Supported Employment programs help ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to competitive integrated employment. Learn more by visiting our website at www.rcil.com or calling 315-797-4642.