DD Awareness Month

The Pioneer Center and other related organizations celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month every March. Statewide, and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability. Stay tuned for information on our 2018 campaign theme.

In support of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, The Pioneer Center has a wide array of free public events scheduled (all events and corresponding dates/times are subject to change and we will be finalized at the start of 2018) :

3/1 — Art Reception, Pump House Art Gallery (Yoctangee Park, 1 Enderlin Circle), 5:30-7:30p.m.

3/9 — Concert,  7:00-10:00pm (doors open at 6:00 pm) at the Elks Lodge 52 (42 W 2nd St, Chillicothe, OH 45601) . Concessions (pizza, pop, chips) will be available for purchase. A $10 donation is suggested for those not served by/serving The Pioneer Center. Bands TBD. 

3/22 — 5:30 – 6:30 pm, CHS Auditorium, Documentary Screening: TBD.

3/22 — Annual Awards Event, Chillicothe Middle School Cafeteria, 6:30-8:30p.m. This event is open to the community at-large, not just award winners.

Other Supporting Initiatives:

Restaurant Place mats – A throw-back, brought back. This initiative aims to educate and entertain diners. We partner with local eateries to help spread the word in support of DD Awareness Month. Pioneer provides 11″x14″ place mats and delivers them to your restaurant before the start of the month. Click here to view a copy of the 2017 place mat. 

Window Paintings: We partner with National Art Honor Society Students from local schools to paint storefronts in Ross County. Click here to view photos from our 2017 painting day.

Contact us if your organization is interested in participating for 2018.

Our calendar of events will be available for download here.


Click here to submit a nomination for someone deserving of recognition for their accomplishments. Awards are given to those with DD and those who serve in the field. Click here for a description of the awards. Nominations are due Feb. 1.


If you have any questions about any activities, contact Patrick McFadden at pmcfadden@rossdd.org or by phone at 740-773-8044.