Special-Needs Awareness and Advocacy Events, Month by Month

Awareness and Advocacy Events for January

Every month and many days of the year have been set aside to promote awareness or advocacy of an illness, disability, or other special-needs-related cause. Use this January index to make sure you mark those special occasions this month.

National Birth Defects Prevention Month
National Birth Defects Prevention Network
March of Dimes

National Blood Donor Month
American Association of Blood Banks
America's Blood Centers

Thyroid Awareness Month
American Thyroid Association

Awareness and Advocacy Events for February

AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
Eye Health Northwest

Kids E.N.T. Month
American Academy of Otolaryngology

Feeding Tube Awareness Week
February 6-12
Feeding Tube Awareness

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week
February 7-14
Congenital Heart Information Network

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week
Timing varies by area
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

National Donor Day
February 14

Rare Diseases Day
Last day of February
Rare Disease Day USA

Awareness and Advocacy Events for March

Hemophilia Month
Hemophilia Federation of America

National Kidney Month
National Kidney Foundation

Trisomy Awareness Month
Hope for Trisomy 13 and 18
Support Organization from Trisomy 18,13, and Trisomy Related Disorders

Brain Awareness Week
March 14-20, 2011
The Dana Foundation

American Diabetes Alert Day
Fourth Tuesday of the Month
American Diabetes Association

Spread the Word to End the Word
Special Olympics R-Word Campaign

World Kidney Day
March 10, 2011
World Kidney Day Site

World Down Syndrome Day
March 21
World Down Syndrome Day Site

Purple Day (Epilepsy Awareness)
March 26
Purple Day

Awareness and Advocacy Events for April

Counseling Awareness Month
American Counseling Association

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

Limb Loss Awareness Month
Amputee Coalition

National Autism Awareness Month
Autism Society of America

National Donate Life Month
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Occupational Therapy Month
The American Occupational Therapy Association

National Public Health Week
April 4-10, 2011
American Public Health Association

Stress Awareness Month
About.com Stress Management

WalkAmerica March of Dimes
Fourth Weekend of the Month
March for Babies

World Autism Awareness Day
April 2
Autism Speaks

World Health Day
April 7
World Health Organization

World Hemophilia Day
April 17
World Federation of Hemophilia

Awareness and Advocacy Events for May

Arthritis Awareness Month
Arthritis Foundation

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Better Hearing and Speech Month
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Celiac Awareness Month
Celiac Central

Mental Health Month
Mental Health America

National Neurofibromatosis Month
The Children's Tumor Foundation

National Trauma Awareness Month
National Trauma Institute

Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance

National Toxic Encephalopathy and Chemical Injury Awareness Month
National Toxic Encephalopathy Foundation

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
First Full Week of the Month

Food Allergy Awareness Week
Week of the Second Monday, Beginning Sunday
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Week
MCS America

National Alcohol & Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Week
Second Full Week of the Month Plus Previous Friday and Saturday

National Emergency Medical Services Week
Third Week of the Month
American College of Emergency Physicians

National Nurses Week
May 6-12
American Nurses Association

National Stuttering Awareness Week
Second Week of the Month, Starting Monday
Stuttering Foundation of America

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day
Second Saturday of the Month
CdLS Foundation

National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day
First Wednesday of the Month
Freedom From Fear

National School Nurse Day
Wednesday of National Nurses Week (see above)
National Association of School Nurses

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day
May 20

Awareness and Advocacy Events for June

Dystonia Awareness Week
First Saturday and Following Eight Days
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

National Aphasia Awareness Month
The National Aphasia Association

National Brain Injury Awareness Month (Canada)
The Brain Injury Association of Canada

National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month
The CMV Action Network

Down's Syndrome Awareness Week (UK)
June 4-10
Down's Syndrome Association

National Cancer Survivors Day
First Sunday of the Month
National Cancer Survivor's Day

World Sickle Cell Day
June 19
Sickle Cell Disease Awareness

Awareness and Advocacy Events for July

Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month
The Hemochromatosis Information Center

International Group B Strep Awareness Month
Group B Strep International

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Arthritis Foundation

World RTS Day (Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome), July 3
Sam. Conqueror. Overcomer.

Awareness and Advocacy Events for August

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Psoriasis Awareness Month
National Psoriasis Foundation

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
Families of SMA

World PVNH Disorder Awareness Day, August 7
PVNH Support and Awareness

Awareness and Advocacy Events for September

Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness Month
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Reye's Syndrome Awareness Month
National Reye's Syndrome Foundation

Sickle Cell Awareness Month
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Week
Full Week That Includes September 10
American Association of Suicidology

FASD Awareness Day
September 9

National Celiac Disease Awareness Day
September 13
Celiac Sprue Association

World Heart Day
September 30
World Heart Federation

World Suicide Prevention Day
International Association for Suicide Prevention

Awareness and Advocacy Events for October

Blindness Awareness Month
Blindness Awareness Month

Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
United States Department of Labor

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Down Syndrome Information Alliance

National Liver Awareness Month
American Liver Foundation

National Physical Therapy Month
American Physical Therapy Association

National Sensory Awareness Month
SPD University

Mental Illness Awareness Week
First Week of October
National Alliance on Mental Illness

Child Health Day
First Monday of the Month

National Depression Screening Day
First Thursday of the Month
Screening for Mental Health

Awareness and Advocacy Events for November

American Diabetes Month
American Diabetes Association

COPD Awareness Month
American Lung Association

National Epilepsy Awareness Month
Epilepsy Foundation

National Family Caregivers Month
Caregiver Action Network

Prematurity Awareness Month
March of Dimes

Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month
Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week
November 20-26, 2011
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

Autistics Speaking Day
November 1
Autistics Speaking Day

World Diabetes Day
November 14
World Diabetes Day

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Third Saturday in November
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Awareness and Advocacy Events for December

National Aplastic Anemia Awareness Week
December 1-7
Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation

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