March is Intellectual Disability Awareness Month in Pennsylvania

March 2011

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GRAPHIC: Official proclamation of Intellectual Disability Awareness Month in PA

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The Official Proclamation

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Governor's Office


Intellectual Disability Awareness Month
March 2011

WHEREAS, The term "intellectual disability" is the current terminology for what has been known as "mental retardation" and is now commonly accepted by advocates, self advocates, and professionals; and

WHEREAS, an intellectual disability is defined as a disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills, which originates before age 21; and

WHEREAS, people with intellectual disabilities cut across the lines of racial, ethnic, educational, social, and economic backgrounds; and

WHEREAS, people with intellectual disabilities are valued members of society—our friends, neighbors, and co-workers—who find fulfillment living every day lives; and

WHEREAS, early intervention, education, and home and community-based services continue to be vital to enabling citizens with intellectual disabilities to function and thrive.

THEREFORE, In order to recognize the many contributions and challenges of citizens with intellectual disabilities, I, Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim March 2011 as INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH in Pennsylvania. I encourage all citizens to support the efforts and hard work of Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and their families as they strive to live self-determined lives and realize their own personal aspirations.

GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, on this eighteenth day of February in the year of our Lord two thousand and eleven, and of the Commonwealth the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

Tom Corbett

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