The Citrus County commission has proclaimed March 2018 to be “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” in Citrus County, and invites all citizens to celebrate the national theme of “See Me for Me!” in order to look beyond someone’s disability and see these persons as precious individuals and not just people with a disability.
More than 40 million Americans have developmental disabilities (approximately 10% of the population), resulting in substantial limitations, in self- care, communications, learning, mobility, capacity for independent living and economic self-sufficiency, such that beginning in 1987 President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed March to be “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month”.
The Key Training Center is the primary local organization advocating and serving persons with developmental disabilities to achieve optimum independence by promoting and offering programs to improve the quality of life for more than three hundred developmentally disabled individuals in Citrus County and it has been doing so now for over 50 years.
The Key Training Center provides the highest quality of care and services to this special population through comfortable residential homes, education and training, jobs and job support both at the Key and for those employed in the private sector here in Citrus County, as well as recreation, cultural and spiritual support in an environment of kindness, love, dignity and respect.
The Key Training Center also operates three Thrift Stores, plus Labels which are a visible presence in Citrus County but more so these retail operations are a critical financial source to replace dwindling federal and state dollars as those levels of government instituted policies turning such vital services back to local communities for service delivery, so in partnership the Key and Citrus County continue to maintain the highest standards of care in serving the developmentally disabled and their families.
The Key Training Center has also become a major Citrus County employer with over 275 employees currently working throughout its program services making the Key Training Center an important contributor to the economy of Citrus County. In furtherance of maintaining the quality of these services and seeking to enhance the legacy of the Key Training Center by encouraging the citizens of Citrus County to actively participate in events like the annual Field Days and Run For the Money that appropriately recognize, celebrate and support Florida’s diverse population and in particular persons with developmental disabilities.