For 28 years the month of March has been known as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The declaration was made by President Ronald Reagan and tremendous strides have been made over the years to promote and protect the rights of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) to live, learn, work and play as valued and contributing members of their communities. When President Reagan signed the proclamation in 1987 the estimation of the number of individuals in the U.S. with developmental disabilities was four million. Now it is estimated that there are more than seven million individuals with I/DD in the U.S. alone.
The Arc of North Carolina has been providing advocacy for individuals with I/DD and their families for more than 60 years. Part of this advocacy involves the N.C. State Legislative advocacy. This year The Arc of N.C. has identified nine priority areas for legislative advocacy on behalf of individuals with I/DD.