Celebrate DD Awareness Month

Celebrate DD Awareness in March

Dear OCDD Supporters,

This March looks and feels different than others. It marks a year of staying home in the midst of a global pandemic. But it is also Developmental Disability Awareness Month and we hope that you will join us in a photo rally to highlight the many ways that Oregonians with and without disabilities live, work, play, and learn together virtually across our state.

We invite you to share photos and stories using the hashtag #BetterTogether21. A hashtag is a way to connect social media content to a specific topic, like DD Awareness Month. It can also make it easier for others to find posts around that same topic. You may have seen the phrase “Better Together” before. It is OCDD’s tagline and one that still rings true, even though we are unable to meet in person right now.


Here are a few examples of the kinds of photos you might like to share:

  1. A photo of yourself
  2. A photo of the work you do and what that looks like during this time
  3. A virtual meeting with a legislator
  4. A family advocacy or self-advocacy group meeting virtually

If you would like, please include a few sentences to describe your photo or share what DD Awareness Month or Better Together mean to you.

You can post your photos and stories to our Facebook page – remember to use the hashtag #BetterTogether21 to connect us! You can also email these to ryley.newport@ocdd.org.

We know it has been a challenging year in so many ways. We also know that we are resilient and, indeed, better together (even when we are apart).



2018 Events

In 2018, we organized a #BetterTogether18 photo rally. We asked people to share a photo of a person with developmental disabilities—alongside a friend, co-worker, sibling, family member or other member of their community. The response was enthusiastic: More than 150 photos were shared to OCDD’s Facebook page during the rally. Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2018 campaign!

A few of our favorite photos from people across Oregon recognizing the ways people with disabilities and their families contribute to local communities.

Governor Adds Her Voice

We appreciate Oregon Governor Kate Brown for signing the 2019 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Proclamation. It specifically recognizes how Oregonians with and without disabilities contribute to Oregon’s strong, diverse communities.

We Love Our Volunteers

If you’re interested in learning more about or participating in this year’s #BetterTogether21 campaign, email Ryley Newport at Ryley.Newport@ocdd.org

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