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collapse Date: 3/5/2019

03-05-19 Intellectual and Developmental Disability Month
There are thousands of children and adults in Lee County who have intellectual and developmental disabilities; and

Whereas, the Lee Association for  Remarkable  Citizens,  known  as  LARC,  has been advocating and serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Lee County since March 12, 1954, and will celebrate 65 years of service on March 12, 2019; and

Whereas, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities frequently require specialized services, treatment and support for extended periods of time during their lives, and due to improved care their lifespans often exceed that of their parents and caregivers; and

Whereas, the support provided by family members, caregivers, friends, professionals and concerned citizens enables individuals with intellectual  and  developmental  disabilities  to  participate  more  freely in education, employment, and community living; and

Whereas, this month we join with LARC to recognize and support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their right to achieve the universally desired goals of self-fulfillment, purposeful engagement and inclusion in their communities so that they may reach their fullest potential;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim March 2019 as INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH in Lee County and recognizes the many achievements made by these citizens.