IDD Awareness Month in MarchMarch 21, 2019
IDD Awareness Day Celebration
Every year DDRC participates in IDD Awareness Day as a way to join forces with others in the IDD community to bring our voice to the Colorado Legislature, to meet our local legislators, to highlight the work of outstanding Direct Service Professionals and to hear inspirational speakers.
It’s a great way to kick off IDD Awareness month in March.
This year we nominated Megan McCourt and Rita Higley, both DDRC Direct Service Professionals, to receive recognition alongside other outstanding DSPs nominated by their organizations across Colorado. Joining us for lunch and the presentations were Senator Rachael Zenzinger, Senator Jessie Danielson, Senator Dennis Hisey and aides from Representative Monica Duran’s office.
Pictured standing left to right: Ruth Aponte, Aponte and Busam, Senator Rachel Zenzinger, and Beverly Winters, DDRC Executive Director. Seated left to right: Aides/associates of Representative Monica Duran, and Megan McCourt and Rita Highly from DDRC.
FirstBank Makes Contribution in Honor of IDD Awareness Month and 25th Hour Fund
FirstBank, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks with a focus on “banking for good,” has stepped forward with a $5,000 donation in honor of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Awareness Month. As the concepts of diversity and inclusion grow broader, people are asked to consider how they can further welcome and include people with IDD in all aspects of community life. With that in mind, FirstBank made the donation specifically to support the work of the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC) through the Developmental Disabilities Foundation (DDF).
"We are pleased to support our Lakewood neighbor DDRC and help demonstrate the importance of valuing and improving the lives of people of all abilities,” said FirstBank CEO Jim Reuter.
Pictured above, left to right: Susan Hartley, DDRC Board of Directors Treasurer, Beverly Winters, DDRC Executive Director, Jim Reuter, FirstBank CEO and Barb Moritzky, DDF Treasurer.
The $5,000 gift from FirstBank will enable DDRC, in conjunction with the DDF, to help individuals and families address crisis needs through the “25th Hour Fund.” Barbara Moritzky, DD Foundation Board Treasurer said, “This generous donation will enable DDRC and the Foundation to help many individuals and families who often have nowhere else to turn in an emergency. Thank you, FirstBank, for making a difference in their lives.”
Beverly Winters, Executive Director of DDRC, said, “We have long held the values of quality, dignity and choice for every individual of any ability. This year, DDRC marks 55 years as a leader in serving the IDD community. We have deep gratitude to FirstBank for helping us mark IDD Awareness Month as we continue along our journey, and for showing that ‘Banking for Good’ includes all people.”
Film Fest Celebrates IDD Awareness Month
The Achieve With Us Colorado Film Fest, organized by The Arc of Colorado with 13 local Arc chapters, and made freely available through the sponsorship of many entities, including DDRC, was a moving, eye-opening and not-to-be missed event! The film fest is organized as part of IDD Awareness Month in March.
DDRC and friends were there to enjoy connecting with a great crowd and shared the experience of seeing Far From the Tree, one of many films featured during the festival. Based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name by Andrew Solomon, the film was a powerful and beautiful exploration of all the ways it means to be a “normal family.”
Be sure to mark your calendars to come next year!