March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! We’re proud to honor those we serve and to celebrate the work that we do. Take a look at some of our hopes and goals, and the events we have planned throughout the month!


  • To highlight the value offered to our communities by persons with developmental disabilities
  • To demonstrate how these individuals come together to form strong and diverse communities
  • To raise awareness of persons with disabilities and reduce stigma and stereotypes
  • To raise awareness of Better Community Living’s resources and support services
  • To engage all in embracing this population of individuals as members of the community


  • March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – NYACause
    • Not Your Average Joe’s, 61 State Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747
    • 11am-10pm, dine-in or takeout, Wednesdays all day, 15% of bill will benefit BCL
  • March 12 – BCL, Disabilities Awareness, and Caregiver Self-Care Day at NB Well Sundays
    • NB Boys and Girls Club, 166 Jenney Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    • Free, collaborative event with the New Bedford Wellness Initiative
    • 10:30am Qigong and 11am fitness class
    • 12pm awareness “walk” and rally in the gym with food and prizes
    • 1pm all-levels yoga
    • 1pm suicide prevention training with Rev. David Lima
    • 2pm mindfulness guided group meditation
    • chair massages, SouthCoast Health Van, a hypnotist, and more!
  • March 17 – Access Dance
    • VFW Poirier Post, corner of Ashley Boulevard and Appleton Street
    • Open to the public, 7pm – 10pm, DJ, snacks and soda, $10 entry
    • St. Patrick’s Day themed – wear your green!
  • March 22 – 99 Dining for a Cause
    • Pub 99 Restaurant, 34 Sconticut Neck Road, Fairhaven, MA 02719
    • 4pm-9pm, dine-in or takeout, 15% of bill will benefit BCL
  • Bookmark distribution
    • Bookmarks will be distributed to every area library with information that supports disabilities awareness and provides a link to Better Community Living’s website