Awareness is for everyone because disabilities do not discriminate
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Many of us go about each day confident of our ability to walk, talk, see, feel, smell, taste, etc. Because our senses are essential to our being, our awareness should begin with the realization that on any given day, at an undesignated time, one may suddenly become unable to engage in one or more of life's major activities.
Although many disabilities occur at birth, there are many that do not; thus, our awareness should focus on the growing number of acquired disabilities which exist. Among the causes of acquired disabilities are poor health maintenance, aging, other degenerative conditions, violence, as well as auto-immune, industrial, chemical, and various types of accidents.
The month of March is traditionally designated as Disability Awareness Month. Throughout the year, our agency, the Virgin Islands Association for Independent Living, VIAIL known to many as the Center for Independent Living, conducts Disability Awareness Training for groups and organizations in the community.