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Celebrating Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Day! 

March 23rd is Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day. This day is dedicated to supporting, advocating for, and celebrating those with developmental disabilities and the families that surround them.

Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)  creates a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. We are honored to be a part of this campaign and to share the stories of our amazing families.

PASCO is so grateful for the opportunity to support those within the I/DD (intellectual and developmental disabilities) realm through individualized service and support for adults or children. As a PASA, or Program Approved Service Provider, we are able to provide this assistance through various Medicaid waivers to create well-rounded assistance based on one’s unique needs. Our services focus on the quality of life and choice with PASCO as an advocate and advisor.

I urge all Americans to join me in according to our fellow citizens with such disabilities both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.

Ronald ReaganIn his National Developmental Disability Awareness Month proclamation, 1987

A History of Advocacy

While we look to celebrate the huge advances in disability rights, awareness, and independence that have emerged through the years, it is important to highlight those who paved the way for these advancements to become a reality. We continue to advocate to reduce and remove the barriers that people with disabilities may still face in connecting with their community.

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Medical professionals come together to set up what would later become the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, or A.A.I.D.D.


School segregation is abolished, and public schools are given permission to educate children with significant intellectual disabilities.


Medicaid, a cooperative federal/state entitlement program, is established to help pay medical costs for certain individuals with disabilities and families with low income.


The first National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month was observed after being enacted by President Ronald Reagan


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is signed into law. This law prohibits the discrimination of people with disabilities in all areas of public life including jobs, schools, transportation, and all places that are open to the general public.


PASCO first opened its doors and started providing care for the disability community.


PASCO became a PASA, allowing us to provide I/DD services to individuals across the front range.


We opened a new branch in Colorado Springs to continue serving more families across Colorado.

Hear the story of Jim and Annie, a couple with developmental disabilities who have been married for over 30 years.