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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2020 canceled

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Wed, May 13th 2020 12:35 pm

Amid uncertainties, DD Awareness Day committee unanimously votes to cancel rescheduled event

The Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day has been canceled for 2020 due to social distancing requirements in New York state because of COVID-19. The DD Awareness Day committee unanimously voted to cancel this year’s events.

“The DD Awareness Day committee decided unanimously to cancel this year’s scheduled events. While we did not come to this decision lightly, we realize that, with Gov. Cuomo’s social distancing requirements, we would not be able to maintain these guidelines while hosting this event,” said Rick Banner, DD Awareness Day 2020 co-chairperson. “The face-to-face encounters, both formal and informal, that occur at DD Awareness Day are invaluable, but the safety and health of all those involved are of the utmost importance. We look forward to holding the event in May 2021.”

This year’s events were originally scheduled for Thursday, May 28, and then rescheduled for Tuesday,
Sept. 29. Both dates have now been cancelled.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day has been promoting community awareness and celebration since 1988. Disability service providers from around the Western New York region participate in yearly scheduled events to inform, empower and celebrate the disability community.

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