NEWBERRY — Disability Advocacy Day will be recognized, for the 29th year, by the state of South Carolina on March 7.
Cindy Farr, director of quality enhancement at Newberry County Disability and Special Needs said that, in Newberry County, the day is recognized by promoting awareness and education to the community.
Two groups will make their way to the State House on March 7, one group will be visiting with Sen. Ronnie Cromer and Rep. Rick Martin and the other group will participate in a rally held on the steps of the State House.
“Later that evening, self-advocates will attend the Newberry County Council Meeting for the proclamation from County Council declaring March as Disability Awareness Month in South Carolina. We will also be visiting WKDK Radio to talk to the community about what we have happening around the agency,” Farr said.
Farr added that every year Newberry County Disability and Special Needs has held numerous events to recognize the day. The upcoming annual Open House and ARTabilities show on March 22 is just one of the ways they reach out and interact with the community, promoting their mission of PRIDE.
“Our mission is PRIDE, People Realizing Individual Dreams and Expectations. The logo for our mission is the lighthouse. We are hoping that when people see PRIDE and the lighthouse they will think of us,” Farr said. “We used to say we were the best kept secret in town, but I don’t think that’s true anymore. Some people still don’t know about us and maybe some people don’t understand what we do. We are very fortunate to have so much support in the Newberry community. The more we can partner with the community and as people understand more it becomes a win win situation.”
Farr hopes that by educating the community and raising awareness people with disabilities will be looked at as humans who have goals, just like everyone else.
“People with disabilities are just like anyone else. They want to work, have a home, live with a family, etc. Sometimes there are barriers to these things. We have a lot of great and compassionate staff that work hard to enhance the lives of people,” she said. “While March is an important month and we have some special events to celebrate, every day is spent working on goals so that one day people with disabilities are seen as people first.”
Farr encourages anyone interested to attend Disability Advocacy Day at the State House, as well as coming out to the Open House and ARTabilities show on March 22 to learn about what NCDSN has to offer.
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