On February 26, 1987 President Ronald Reagan officially declared Proclamation 5613, making March “National Disability Awareness Month.” The proclamation called for individuals to provide understanding, encouragement, and opportunities to help persons with disabilities to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

Everyone wants and deserves to enjoy life and feel productive and secure. But in March, we take extra steps to raise awareness about the rights of people with disabilities and celebrate their contributions and achievements in society.