Day for developmentally disabled Sept. 1

       With three presentations, the West Intergenerational Center will be among eight sites around Colorado Springs hosting free activities for the first-time Developmental Disabilities Awareness (DDA) Day Friday, Sept. 1.
       DDA Day “is an effort to raise community awareness about people with developmental disabilities and how they can and do contribute to our community,” explains a press release from Jackie Corley of the Arc of the Pikes Peak Region. The Arc, which has a thrift store in the Uintah Gardens shopping center, provides assistance and education for the developmentally disabled.
       West's presentations will be as follows:
  • 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Pikes Peak Library District presentation on its web-based resources related to people with developmental disabilities.
  • 1-2 p.m., SAAL (Self-Advocates As Leaders) presentation. SAAL consists of people with developmental disabilities who have learned to advocate for themselves.
  • 3-4 p.m., “Strong and Safe” - a talk by Irene Lucas on self-protection and anti-victim thinking. Lucas is a writer/producer specializing in creating educational media for people with developmental disabilities.
           Another of the agencies involved in DDA Day is the Westside-based Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs.
           A full list of event activities and locations throughout Colorado Springs is available at

    From a press release