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In Nebraska, March has been declared Developmental Disability Awareness Month.

LINCOLN, Nebraska. (Nebraska) – Governor Jim Pillen has designated March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed Developmental Disruption Month in 1987.

DHHS states that the goal is to educate and encourage people to encourage and empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they can live fulfilling lives.

“I’m honored to designate March as Developmental Disability Awareness Month,” Governor Jim Pillen said Tuesday. “This allows us to raise awareness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and I encourage all Nebraskans to encourage and support these people to help them reach their full potential, goals, and dreams.”

At Tuesday’s announcement, Governor Pillen was joined by Tony Green, director of DHHS’s Nebraska malformations unit; Kristen Larsen, Executive Director of the Nebraska State Council on Developmental Disabilities; Sara Funning, Hy-Vee employee, and Jeanne Thomas, Hy-Vee HR manager.

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