DD Day Award Nominations – Deadline Extended to April 4, 2016!

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The Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day Committee is now accepting nominations for the 28th annual award ceremony, presented at the luncheon,  Thursday May 26, 2016, at the Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center.

This year the awards will be given in five categories:

FAMILY/CAREGIVER/ADVOCATE: A parent, guardian, family member, or advocate who has played a significant role in enhancing the life of an individual with a developmental disability.

SERVICE PROVIDER:  An employee, volunteer, or other professional service provider who has actively and successfully worked to develop or access programs or services that help individuals move forward in their lives.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: An individual or group working in the community that has gone the “extra mile” to help enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities. **Particular media recognition would fall under this category, whether an individual reporter or a publication**

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: A person with a developmental disability who is not a professional or service provider who has made successful strides towards greater independence and has helped other individuals to do the same.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: A professional who has dedicated their career to enhancing the lives of individuals with a disability.

To nominate someone for a DD Day Award, please complete the nomination form (located here: award-nomination-letter-2016) and mail it to the address provided by APRIL 4, 2016!

Thanks for nominating those who you feel are making a difference!

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Today (3/21/16) is World Down Syndrome Day!

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World Down Syndrome Day is observed today, March 21, to raise public awareness and to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well being of people with Down Syndrome.

Do you know someone who has Down Syndrome and makes you smile? We want to hear how you’re celebrating World Down Syndrome Day! Please leave us a comment on one (or all!) of DD Day’s social media outlets!

AND Social media is a great way to get the word out about World Down Syndrome Day. So help spread the word!