Hundreds 'March for Respect' in Richland

<p>Hundreds march around John Dam Plaza in Richland to show respect for people with developmental disabilities.</p>

Hundreds march around John Dam Plaza in Richland to show respect for people with developmental disabilities.

Hundreds of people gather in Richland on Saturday for 6th annual March for Respect.

The ARC of the Tri-Cities and the city of Richland hosted a half mile walk around John Dam Plaza and Richland City Hall to honor people with developmental disabilities.

There was also live music and inspirational speeches, and free hotdogs provided by the Columbia Center Rotary.

Volunteers say it is important to look beyond a person's disability to see their abilities.

Tami LaDoux with Tri-Cities Residential Services says "At first sometimes people are afraid with people with disabilities, but once you get to know people you see what their abilities are and what a vital part of the community they are.  Employers, family, friends, co-workers, they love coming to show their respect."

March is Developmental Disabilities Month.

About 700 people attended Saturday's march.