Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month


People with developmental disabilities are our friends, our family, our neighbors, our coworkers. We sit alongside them in church, at a ball game or at a concert. While a disability may be present in a person, so is a world of possibility.

During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we celebrate people and their possibilities. We reflect on the real progress that has been made by people with developmental disabilities. And, we commit to action where more needs to be done to have a truly inclusive community.

Throughout the year, Bethesda helps people of all abilities create lasting, meaningful connections with one another. Because when we create connections in the community, everyone benefits.

People with disabilities should have opportunities to get involved in their communities, find meaningful employment, attend church, and decide where and with whom to live. Bethesda helps people do all these things with our support and services. But we can’t do it alone. We need everyone – including you – to take the first step with us toward true, lasting community integration. To truly #ConnectAllAbilities. Join us today!

At Bethesda, we boldly imagine a world where people of all abilities use their strengths to serve a meaningful purpose in their community. See how we hope to make this world a reality – with your help.


Let’s get social! Help us #ConnectAllAbilities and share your photos with us either on our website below or on social media. Be sure to:

  • Get a wristband – simply make a $5 donation
  • Take a selfie showing your participation and share your photo on social media using the hashtag #ConnectAllAbilities
  • Use our Facebook filter – go to “add a filter,” type in Bethesda Lutheran and it will pop up


Check out our photo gallery below. View photos and share yours using the “Upload Photo” button at right.

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Information is power. Here are a few facts about people with developmental disabilities showing how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go to really have an inclusive community.