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Month boosts awareness of developmental disabilities

“I invite all individuals, agencies, and organizations concerned with the problem of developmental disabilities to observe this month with appropriate observances and activities directed toward increasing public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities. I urge all Americans to join me in according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities both encouragement and the opportunity they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”

These words were part of President Ronald Reagan’s public proclamation in 1987 when he designated the month of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Gateway Services in Princeton has been promoting the rights of people with disabilities for 49 years.

“People with disabilities have value, they are contributing members of our community, and they have so much to offer,” Tracy Wright, CEO of Gateway, said.

“People who happen to have a disability are proven to be reliable workers and excellent volunteers, and they want to live the same lives that we all have. They really are no different — they just need the opportunity,” Wright said.

Gateway Services Inc. opened in March 1970 and continues to provide a variety of services in Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties.

Additional information can be found at or on Gateway’s Facebook page.

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