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WHEREAS, approximately 61 million, or about 1 in 4 adults in the United States live with a disability and every person, regardless of disability, has valuable strengths and provide important contributions to our communities; and

WHEREAS, there are an estimated 269,000 people in the Silver State over the age of five who have some form of disability and of the 189,546 individuals in Nevada aged 18-64 with a disability, about 74,151 have a developmental disability. Nevadans, both with and without disabilities, work, play, learn, and grow together; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted the lives of all Nevadans, this is especially true for those with disabilities as they are often presented with additional complications and challenges; and

WHEREAS, people with developmental disabilities in Nevada, have the right to live independent lives in areas including education, employment, housing, entertainment, dining, and recreation; and

WHEREAS, families of people with developmental disabilities provide care, commitment, and ongoing support that is essential to engaging people with different abilities in an independent and productive life; and

WHEREAS, Developmental Disabilities Month in Nevada provides an opportunity to celebrate the abilities and contributions of people with disabilities, and reflect on how they enrich our communities and enhance Nevada’s diversity; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the month of March 2022, as

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 7th day of February, 2022

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