March 22, 2018
For Immediate Release
Branson, Missouri – March is national Developmental Disability Awareness Month and to celebrate the spirit of inclusion and community, Developmental Connections will host its first “Day Out”.
On Saturday, March 31, 2018, two hundred of its clients and their friends and family will head out in groups to various local businesses with matching t-shirts emblazoned with the line, “Inclusion is within everyone’s ability”. “Our hope is to start conversations about who and what people with developmental disabilities are—friends, loved ones, employees, customers—the same as everyone,” said LaDella Thomas, Director of Marketing and Resource Development. “When you see our orange t-shirts on Saturday, say hello, shake a hand, have a conversation. We want to take a moment to celebrate each other and see beyond the differences.”
Their goal is to have ten businesses host groups of twenty people. “We still have a few spots open for business partners,” said Thomas. “If your business would like to have us out, we promise to bring a good time!” Developmental Connections’ staff will be doing Facebook Live feeds and posting to other social media throughout the day. Partnering businesses include Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center, Veterans Museum, Stone Hill Winery and Sunshine Signs.
Developmental Connections is the Taney County Board for the Developmentally Disabled and serves over 270 residents with developmental disabilities like Autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other developmental and intellectual disabilities, and their families. Services include housing, employment, day habilitation program, music therapy and scholarships to summer camp and horseback riding therapy. To sign up to participate in the day or for more information, contact LaDella Thomas at Lthomas@taneydds.com or 417-699-1566.
Director of Marketing and Resource Development
About Developmental Connections:
The SB40 Board (Developmental Connections) is a political sub-division of the county, empowered to collect a county-wide property tax for the establishment and/or operation of a sheltered workshop, residential facilities and/or related services for the care or employment of Taney County residents with developmental disabilities. The Board’s goal is to assist and support local nonprofit agencies in the development of resources to enhance the lives and opportunities available to persons with developmental disabilities in Taney County. Our vision is that Taney County residents and families of individuals with developmental disabilities will look upon Developmental Connections as a central resource of information, referral and support for services and the development of opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.