This week concludes Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and their partners work together to create a social media campaign that “highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.”
The 2022 theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, or DDAM22, is Worlds Imagined. The campaign seeks to “raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 17% of children, aged 3 through 17 years living in the United States, have one or more developmental disabilities, such as:
The CDC is part of a larger group of public and private organizations working to better understand developmental disabilities by:
Among other initiatives, the CDC is funding the Study to Explore Early Development (SEED), the “largest study in the United States to help identify factors that may put children at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.”
As a true Enterprise EHR platform, SmartCare™ is ideal for multi-faceted organizations that provide multiple types of services, including organizations that serve those with Developmental Disabilities.
To learn more, read about how SmartCare™ supports organizations that service communities with developmental disabilities.