Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Universal design is an approach to modeling and creating products, policies, and environments  that are simple and accessible to the broadest possible range of people; and

Whereas The importance of assistive technology was first legally recognized in the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 which provided funding to states for assistive products and programs; and

Whereas Both assistive technology and universal design are vital in helping the growing number of individuals with functional limitations employ their skills, be active in their community, pursue an education, and enjoy other opportunities; and

Whereas Through public awareness the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to encourage new innovation in these two important fields and build recognition of the role they play in promoting happiness and independence for all residents of the Commonwealth,  

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 2011, to be

Universal Design and Assistive Technology Awareness Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-fourth day of August, in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin 
Secretary of the Commonwealth