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March 13, 2018 > March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Submitted By Leslie McGarry

Our goal at the Serra Center is 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 and productive life is possible. Serra Center has served persons with developmental disabilities since 1975, starting in Fremont and now serving clients throughout Alameda County.

Our programs provide consistency and stability to meet our clientsÕ needs and wants and empower them to live their lives with dignity, respect, and choice. Cathy, for instance, has been a beloved Serra Center client for over 40 years. One canÕt help but admire her. At the age of 60 (plus!), she is one busy lady, inspiring us all with her beaming smile. She simply glows!

Her busy schedule includes: working at Kidango five days a week, where she has longtime friends and supervisors who value her can-do attitude and strong work ethic; exercising at 24-Hour Fitness three days a week with Troy, her trainer; pedaling around Fremont to various destinations on the bicycle that her brother bought for her; maintaining her own house with the help of her close siblings. A warm home that is filled with family photos; cooking nutritious, healthful meals with her Serra Center instructorÕs meal-planning and prep help.

Fiercely independent, she does not want to be told what to do or when to do it! She lives on her own terms and we respect her for it. After all itÕs our mandate to empower our clients to live the life that they choose and to reach for and attain their own dreams.

Serra Center
2610 Central Ave., Suite 120, Union City
(510) 477-1000
www.serracenter.org

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