More than 1,200 Votes Cast in Annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Photo Contest

April 16th, 2018

The Arc of Essex County celebrated Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March with a photo contest.  Focused on celebrating the unique personalities and accomplishments of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc received an amazing selection of photos.

Ten finalists were selected and voting officially opened on Monday, April 9.  After five days of voting, a victor emerged with nearly 600 votes –Mehdi and Olympia Cham Cham from Livingston with a photo of their daughter Sofia on a Fall apple picking adventure.  Coming in second with just over 400 votes was Brenda McDonnell with a photo of her son Brian pumpkin picking.  Rounding out the top three was Dawn Gaita with a photo of her son Erik embracing a new toy following a performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month photos contest and be sure to stay tuned to The Arc’s social media channels for future contests.