Kristi Noem, Governor of the State of South Dakota, has proclaimed March 2022 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
Her Executive Proclamation which encourages everyone to focus first on the abilities of individuals rather than “disabilities,” aligns perfectly with Black Hills Works’ mission to create a community where everyone participates to achieve a life of full potential. “The most effective way to increase this awareness is to encourage everyone’s active participation in community activities and the openness to learn and acknowledge each individual’s contribution,” states the Governor’s Proclamation.
At Black Hills Works, we embrace this charge each and every day; so much so, you might not have even noticed! The people we support are part of the fabric of our community.
Your artwork from the Suzie Cappa Art Center was created by an artist with disabilities. The exceptional customer service you received at Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, or at Ellsworth Air Force Base, was from employees supported by Black Hills Works. With over 30 homes across our community, chances are good that your neighbors are supported by Black Hills Works.
People with disabilities in our community deserve, as Governor Noem’s Proclamation declares, full access to education, housing, employment, and recreational activities; “individuals with developmental disabilities deserve nothing less.”
At Black Hills Works, we agree completely and are delivering daily on this promise.
You can find Governor Noem’s Proclamation here https://drsdlaw.org/blog/developmental-disabilities-awareness-month-2022/