ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 8, 2016) – Representatives from PARC received a proclamation declaring March as National Developmental Disability Awareness Month from the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.
Accepting the proclamation at the County Commission meeting from PARC was board chair April Hill, president and CEO Karen Higgins and chief advancement officer Jackie Dryden.
“PARC thanks the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners for recognizing March as National Development Disability Awareness Month,” said Higgins. “We are honored to serve Pinellas County residents since 1953, growing from helping children with the Peter Pan School, to today serving 800 adults and children with more than 40 programs on our 11-acre campus.”
On March 4, Ms. Wheelchair America, Dr. Alette Coble-Temple, visited PARC’s campus and spoke to more than 100 people about inclusion. The first Ms. Wheelchair America who has a developmental disability, Dr. Coble-Temple shared her inspiring story and took pictures with PARC clients.
“I’m so lucky to have met each and every one at PARC, especially during Developmental Disability Awareness Month,” said Coble-Temple. “My message for everyone with disabilities is that it’s important to love yourself, be creative and know that you can do anything you want to do with the right help.”
As part of National Developmental Disability Awareness Month, PARC encourages community members to visit the campus. To schedule a tour, call Jackie Dryden at 727-341-6961.
PARC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. Established in 1953, PARC currently serves more than 800 individuals in the greater Tampa Bay area. To learn more about PARC, call 727-345-9111 or visit www.parc-fl.org.