Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas There are more than 200,000 children and adults in the Commonwealth who are directly affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities; and

Whereas Intellectual and developmental disabilities are chronic conditions attributed to mental or physical impairments which begin early in life and result in substantial limitations in major life activities such as self care, mobility, language, learning and self-direction; and

Whereas Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities frequently require specialized interdisciplinary services and treatment as well as generic services and supports for extended periods of their lives; and

Whereas The support provided by professionals, families, caregivers, and concerned citizens enable citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate more freely in education, employment and community living; and

Whereas Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are capable of living full and productive lives, deserving of opportunities to become more independent, economically self-sufficient, and contributing members of the communities where they choose to live, becoming more independent and economically self-sufficient,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March, 2014, to be,

INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL
DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this tenth day of February, in the year two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts