March is Development Disability Awareness Month


Prom night is an experience most students will never forget, but some individuals don’t get a chance to attend the traditional dance.

Typically, a once-in-a-lifetime moment when for high school seniors to dress up in gowns and tuxedos, prom is an event that also can exclude.

Often people with developmental disabilities are left out of the milestone event, due to either alternative education or simply being outside the mainstream.

But thanks to New Horizons Behavioral Health, adults with special needs get the opportunity to dance the night away.

‘Starry night prom’ for adults with developmental disabilities age 18 and up is an opportunity for individuals living with i/dd and opportunity to socialize and feel like  they are part of something big,” says Joyce Greene, Program Manager.

“It is important to have things like the starry night prom because people with different abilities are part of the community and they are important, too. They are collecting gently used formal wear for individuals who never went to prom.”

New Horizons Behavioral Health has been celebrating people living with developmental disabilities all during the month of March as part of the inclusion revolution -a celebration of all abilities.

If you would like to make the evening extra special for someone…and create much needed closet space at home…gather up your outdated ‘formal wear’ and donate it for someone special to have a great evening.

They need mens and womens dressy clothing and shoes in all sizes.

For more information or to make a donation, please call Susan Gallagher at 706-596-5517 or Joyce Greene at 706-653-9343

Courtesy: New Horizons Behavioral Health

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