March for Respect Draws Hundreds in Richland

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and each year the ARC of Tri-Cities hosts the March for Respect around John Dam Plaza in Richland.

There are also inspirational speakers, entertainment, and free hot dogs.

Money raised from the march will go to the ARC of Tri-Cities, which works to protect and promote the rights of disabled people.

One marcher says she doesn't want to be thought of any differently than anyone else.

"We're not just other people that are not good and stuff.  We're people too and we have the same ideas, the same feelings, the same everything, and we deserve respect just like everybody else would deserve respect.  It's the same way, it's the same thing" says Michelle Kady of Kennewick.

This year's prize for the group with the most participants went to Tri-Cities Residential Services, with over 200 people marching.

This is the March's seventh year.