WHEREAS, the month of March has been designated as Disabilities Awareness Month to celebrate and recognize people with disabilities by the governor of Indiana; and
WHEREAS, disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals with disabilities to live independently, enjoy self-determination, make choices, contribute to society and experience full inclusion in the economic, political, social, cultural and educational mainstream of American society; and
WHEREAS, family members, friends and members of the community can play a central role in enhancing the lives of people with disabilities, especially when the family and community are provided with necessary support services; and public and private employers are aware of the capabilities of people with disabilities to be engaged in competitive work in inclusive settings; and
WHEREAS, the goals of this city and state properly include providing individuals with disabilities the opportunities and support to make informed choices and decisions; live in homes and communities where such individuals can exercise their full rights and responsibilities as citizens; pursue meaningful and productive lives; contribute to their family, community, state and nation; have interdependent friendships and relationships with others; and achieve full inclusion in society.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Fledderman, mayor of the city of Batesville, do hereby proclaim the month of March 2014 as:
DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH
in Batesville, and call upon citizens to observe the month with appropriate programs and activities; furthermore, I encourage the citizens of Batesville to seek counsel and input from any person or group with knowledge and expertise in matters concerning disabilities.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the great seal of the city of Batesville at the mayor’s office Feb. 24, 2014.