For Immediate Release
February 28, 2018     
Contact: Abby Matienzo, Communications Manager
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NAELA Supports Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Washington, DC — This March, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) supports Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. 

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) co-sponsor this annual event to create awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life, and to share the stories of individuals with a disability to show that a successful life is possible. This year’s theme is “See Me for Me!” and includes weekly subthemes:

March 1-9: See Me As Your Classmate – Education
March 12-16: See Me As Your Coworker – Employment
March 19-23: See Me As Your Neighbor – Community Living
March 26-30: See Me As Your Friend – General

NAELA member attorneys are committed to raising awareness through education and advocacy efforts on issues of importance to people with disabilities and their families.

“NAELA members assist with special needs planning, and advocate for community living and health care issues for people with disabilities. We are always willing to help our clients and their families with these issues,” said NAELA President Hyman G. Darling, CELA, CAP.

See the NACDD website for more information.

Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

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