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Media Room

A dedicated resource for journalists covering Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is an opportunity to inspire the community to include people of all abilities. Media professionals are key to getting the word out. At Bethesda, we are committed to partnering with you as you cover this month. Resources you will find here include:


Infographic - Over 6 million individuals in the U.S. have an intellectual or developmental disability
Infographic - 50,000 People on the autism spectrum graduate from high school in the U.S. each year
Infographic 424,000 Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on states' waiting lists to receive Medicaid-funded Home and Community Based Services
Infographic 45% Nearly half of Direct Support Professionals cannot afford to make it their life's work
Infographic 4 out of 5 adults with developmental disabilities do not have a paid job
Infographic 33.5% Unemployment rate for people with a developmental disability who have looked for a job in the last 12 months
Infographic - 10% Faith communities offering congregation-wide disability awareness
Infographic - 84% People with disabilities who say their is important to them
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Societal Inequities for People with Disabilities

Many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) live with a host of challenges – everything from a shortage of suitable housing options and unemployment, to a lack of connection to their community. Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has made things worse, which makes finding solutions now more important than ever.v

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Media Contact

Don Klein
Senior Director, Public Affairs

(o): 920-206-4445

(c): 414-531-0470


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