March 9, 2015 – In 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The proclamation calls for people to provide understanding, encouragement and opportunities to help persons with developmental disabilities to lead productive and fulfilling lives. At last night’s County Commissioners meeting a proclamation was signed and honored that March will officially be Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and urged all citizens to “celebrate abilities.” The proclamation encourages the public’s awareness through people’s active participation in community activities and the openness to learn and acknowledge each individual’s contribution. The proclamation commended BrightStone and Waves, Inc., both nonprofits located in Williamson County whose mission is to assist the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Brenda Hauk, Executive Director of BrightStone, Kate Snow, adult student at BrightStone, and Shannon Nehus, Executive Director of Waves, Inc. were present to receive the proclamation, and both stated the importance of every person to have purpose in their daily lives. Approximately 110, 000 people in Tennessee have a developmental disability, and over 7,000 are on the waiting list for government funded services. BrightStone provides a comprehensive work, social support, and future residential community for adults with special needs, expanding their potential and helping them develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.