Welcome to Disability Awareness and Services. This blog is intended to build awareness around mental, physical, developmental, and learning disabilities, and thus dispel the stigma surrounding it. It is my goal to educate the public about developmental disabilities and mental illness, and provide helpful services/resources.

There are so many of you out there whose lives have been affected in some way by a Developmental Disabilities and/or Mental Health Illnesses. Are you the parent, brother, sister, or daughter of someone who has a Developmental Disability? Do you have a family member that has been evaluated and diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder? Are you an adult that has suffered from Depression, Anxiety, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Do you have a child that has been diagnosed with a Mental Illness? Are you a parent of an infant who was born premature? The potential list goes on and on. This blog is for those who wish to learn about developmental disabilities and mental health illnesses. This can be a place for share experiences, questions, education, resources, and services. Please feel free to include links to your own blog, as well as any links for websites that you have found especially educational and helpful. If there is a resource/services you have found to be helpful, please include the information and I will post. If there is information you would like me to include I am also open to suggestions that will help the community. My goal is to add an entry everyday. I will try my best to keep this blog updated, so make sure to check it regularly…Stay Connected!

I am thankful that through the internet we have access to so much information and have the means to connect with each other for mutual support and information. So let’s help support each other AND raise awareness!

All views expressed on Disability Awareness and Services blog are those of Francis Jurado only, and do not represent the views of current, past employers, or customers/clients.


2 Responses

  1. Dear Sir or Madam:

    I am working on my Boy Scout Eagle Project. I want to do a workshop for my church youth group on autism and disability awareness. I want to use hands on activities. Do you have any suggestions for resources that I could use? Thank you.

    Alex Davin
    203 Stettler Drive
    Jefferson Hills, PA 15025


    • Hello Alex Davin,
      Thanks for your comment…I am happy to help! What really works is to have people that have a disability share their personal experiences with others. If possible, contact an agency that provides services to people with disabilities and express your goal (create disability awareness). Ask if they would be willing to provide a panel of people with disabilities that can provide information, and share their experiences with your youth group. You can also arrange a tour at an agency that provides services to children/adults with disabilities. You can prepare your youth group prior to the tour by providing information about disabilities. After your tour, you can engage your youth group in a disability/autism awareness fundraiser or volunteer.

      For more information about Autism Awareness go to Autism Awareness

      If you would like to volunteer, but don’t know where…go to VolunteerMatch.

      VolunteerMatch is a leader in the nonprofit world dedicated to helping everyone find a great place to volunteer.
      Volunteer Match

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