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Advocates Unite.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Recognized since 1987, the goal is to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets 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. One of the ways The Arc of Illinois will raise awareness is highlighting our advocates and what they mean to individuals with IDD, their families, and those who support them.

Help us celebrate and raise awareness.

Keep reading to learn more about how you can contribute.

The Arc of Illinois is gearing up to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with our “Advocates Unite” apparel and we hope you will join us. Shop at the link below, take a selfie, and post to social media, sharing what inclusion means to you. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #DDAwareness2024 #AdvocatesUnite #TheArcofIllinois

Update your Facebook profile, show your support, and join the conversation.

  1. Log onto to create your Facebook frame.
  2. Choose and upload your photo.
  3. Download your new Facebook frame with your image.
  4. Open your Facebook page.
  5. Go to your Facebook profile and update your profile picture.

Share on social media what inclusion means to you using #DDAwareness2024 #AdvocatesUnite and #TheArcofIllinois

The power of a collective voice can move mountains. The Arc of Illinois advocates for increased investment in community-based supports for:

  • Healthcare Access
  • Employment
  • Community Services

Let your voice be heard! Be a part of our movement.

With your support, The Arc of Illinois advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and community organizations to ensure that people with disabilities can live, work, learn, and play in communities across the state.

As a statewide organization we help over 290,000 Illinoisans with intellectual and/or development disabilities. The disability community is one you can enter at any time and it doesn’t matter your age, race, gender, orientation, or background. Everyone deserves the same rights and opportunities.

When we build a better world for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we build a better world for all of us. 

Your donation helps The Arc bring together advocates, connect people and families, train and educate, and provide resources and support.