For 26 years, The Arc of the United States has sponsored Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to enhance understanding of the issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and educate the public that people with developmental disabilities can be vital and vibrant members of communities.
According to a recent study by the CDC:
- Developmental disabilities affect more than 7 million Americans (and more than 121,000 Alabamians)
- About one in six children in the U.S. had one or more developmental disabilities or delays in 2006-2008
- The prevalence of parent-reported developmental disabilities increased 17 percent from 1997-2008
These statistics underscore the increasing need for specialized health services, education and social services for people with developmental disabilities.