Side-By-Side Texas is a social media campaign conducted during Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month (March). The campaign is designed to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion of people of all abilities. All over Texas, people with and without disabilities make contributions to their communities, participate in meaningful employment, and have fun together — side-by-side.
You are encouraged to participate in Side-By-Side Texas! When you post a photo on social media, you’ll be raising awareness within your social network about the importance of inclusion of people with and without disabilities. You may also inspire others to participate.
It’s easy to get involved in Side-By-Side Texas — just follow these three simple steps:
- Take a photo of you and another person or a group of people participating in activities in your community, side-by-side.
- Post the photo to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
- Include the hashtag #SideBySideTX.
Examples of potential photos or videos could include a group of students learning together in a classroom, a family taking a stroll in their neighborhood, or a team working together on the job. Another example could be as simple as two friends just spending time together — side-by-side selfies are welcome. Check out some Side-By-Side Texas examples for ideas.
What if I Don’t Use Social Media?
If you don’t use social media, you can still participate in Side-By-Side Texas! To share a photo, just contact Joshua Ryf at (512) 437-5441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizations: Use the Side-By-Side Toolkit to Spread the Word
The Side-By-Side Toolkit has what you need to raise awareness about the campaign. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies can use the tools in the toolkit to let people in their networks know about the campaign and how to participate. The toolkit includes sample text for social media posts and e-newsletters, a flyer, and more. Check out the Side-By-Side Texas Toolkit.
To learn more about the campaign, visit the Side-By-Side Texas webpage.
Side-By-Side Texas is organized by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.