Letter to Readers for March 2024


Dear Members & Supporters of Maryland Works,

As we enter March, we welcome National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time dedicated to celebrating the valuable contributions of individuals with developmental disabilities and advocating for inclusion.

In 1987 President Reagan proclaimed March as National Developmental Disability Awareness Month.  In 1990, another landmark year, President Bush signed the American with Disabilities Act.

This month serves as a reminder of the importance of fostering acceptance, understanding, and support for individuals with developmental disabilities, who enrich our communities with talents, perspectives, and experiences. 

I encourage everyone to celebrate diversity, raise awareness, advocate, and support organizations, caregivers, educators, and community members. Let's collaborate to create positive change and ensure that everyone has equal opportunities, access to resources, and support. We all have a voice and can contribute.

As we celebrate and observe National Developmental Disability Awareness Month, let us reflect on the progress we have made and the work that lies ahead.  Together we can build a more inclusive and equitable world where everyone has the opportunity to live, learn, work, and thrive.

Thank you for your continued support, dedication, and commitment to advancing the rights and well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities.  Let’s make time this month to celebrate and advocate.

On behalf of all of us at Maryland Works, thank you for your support.  We appreciate you.


Mary Manzoni
CEO, Maryland Works