March is nationally recognized as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. Celebrating the accomplishments and passion of children and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and their families, Westmoreland County Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Westmoreland County Commissioners, families and IDD Human Service agencies across Westmoreland County are collaborating to present a calendar of activities throughout the month of March.
- 5th Annual “End the R-Word” Event
March 7th 2015~Westmoreland Mall~11 am to 4 pm.
Join us as we celebrate awareness in a fun and entertaining way! Mascots pump up the crowd as the mall patrons engage and learn from individuals and agencies in our community. Exciting entertainment highlighting the many talents of individuals in our community is scheduled throughout the day! It is an event where you can make a personal pledge to end your use of the word Retarded* and learn how much individuals with IDD have to offer! *The End the R-word initiative is a powerful movement focused on ending the negative use of the word RETARDED. Bullying of all sorts has become an epidemic in our society. This word is hurtful to individuals who have an Intellectual Disability and those who support them. For more information on the R-Word campaign, please see www.r-word.org
- Discovering You…Mind, Body, and Soul Health and Wellness Fair March 25th 2015~Clairview School 215 Donohoe Road, Greensburg PA~4pm-7pm.
This year, we have focused on the theme of, “Discovering You…Mind, Body, and Soul.” Breaking the mold of typical health and wellness fairs, this Wellness event will prove to be more interactive and personalized to fit many unique needs. You will be able to come and discover specialized resources to help you live a healthy and well balanced life!
- Creative Expressions Art and Music Show
March 27th 2015~Greensburg Garden and Civic Center 951 Old Salem Road #5~9:30 am to 1 pm.
An annual tradition, this event has made quite a name for itself! With grant assistance from The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County (affiliated with the Pittsburgh Foundation), and the support of many community partners, this event showcases the amazing talents of individuals in our community. This visual and performing arts show will leave you with a renewed respect and appreciation.
The IDD Awareness Planning committee and our community partners have taken great joy in recognizing and celebrating the over 1300 individuals with IDD who live in our community. Please join us this year! For more information on these events see http://westmorelandiddawareness.weebly.com/ Also, “Like” our Facebook page at Westmoreland County Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness.