Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Celebrating Life Side by Side

by Jeremiah Dameron, Foothold Technology
March 1, 2017

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Since 1987, providers, individuals, and communities have used the month of March to launch public awareness campaigns in support of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. It’s an important collaborative effort and one Foothold Technology fully supports. Last year we launched our Voices of the Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Community video series as a way to highlight the work and lives of providers, advocates, parents, and individuals in our community. We’re sharing the final Voices in our collection as part of this year’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. To view the Voices series, click here. Check back daily as our calendar fills in.

As part of our ongoing efforts to support the I/DD provider community, we’ve partnered with organizations like ANCOR to offer AWARDS, our software for human service organizations, to a wider audience. We also work closely with associations like NYSACRA, ADDP, PAR, NYSRA, IAC, NJACP, SHA NJ, CP of NYS, and ABCD. As a vendor, we support providers seeking greater levels of inclusion and the many agencies working to address challenges that remain for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While our role is to provide the software tools agencies need to document services and supports, our staff members believe in the concepts of People First and work diligently to support our I/DD customers in their agency missions. In fact, nothing makes us happier than when we can provide our customers with tools they need to achieve success.

Over the last year we’ve been fortunate to welcome new colleagues like I/DD pioneer Laura Nuss, along with many other talented colleagues. These individuals provide us with additional expertise to support agencies in the transition to electronic record-keeping and more integrated systems of support through the use of AWARDS. You might remember when Laura wrote a blog post acknowledging the fact that I/DD providers face many new challenges today and in the future, but it’s the I/DD providers who help society stay informed, involved, and inspired! As we approach this year’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating the many contributions people with developmental disabilities make to our society. We also hope you’ll join us in thanking and welcoming the newest members of our I/DD provider community to Foothold Technology who work to raise awareness and provide support to their communities all year long.

Be sure to follow our social media platforms throughout the month of March to see our Voices series and then let us know what you are doing to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

About Foothold Technology
Foothold Technology, an electronic record, EHR vendor and human services software provider, offers web-based software for human service providers that eases the burden of documentation, providing agencies with the freedom to focus on their Mission. More than 1,000 agencies nationwide count on Foothold’s AWARDS software to manage their services, including Mental Health, Alcohol & Substance Use Disorder, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Homeless & Housing, Employment & Training, Seniors, Veterans, Youth & Family, and more. Having originated from three agencies in 2000, AWARDS is a complete electronic record and EHR software for human service providers that also supports administrative activities, including facilities maintenance, human resources, scheduling and alerts, audit reports, and automated billing. AWARDS offers full interoperability with any other federally certified system for participation in Health Information Exchanges (HIE) and Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs). It is also the only record-keeping system that is certified as both a Behavioral Health EHR software system and an HMIS software package (Homeless Management Information System). With roots and origins in human services, no software vendor is better prepared to support you than Foothold Technology. For more information, visit

Foothold Technology and the I/DD Movement