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Events and Observances

March 11, 2016
Since 1987, March has been designated National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This month we celebrate the many contributions people with developmental disabilities make to our society.
December 3, 2015
Each October, the Office of Disability Employment Policy within the U.S. Department of Labor observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This month-long celebration is a time to honor the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for this year—which marks 70 years since the first observance—is "My Disability is One Part of Who I Am."
October 10, 2015
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Every year thousands of adults in the U.S. suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, and even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines.
May 13, 2015
ACL is pleased to join with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health in recognizing May 10–16, as National Women's Health Week. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority and learn what steps they can take to live healthier lives.
May 13, 2015
Since 1987, March has been designated Developmental Disabilities Month. This is an opportunity for communities to raise awareness of the many ways people with developmental disabilities contribute to our society. The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental disabilities works to advance the concerns and interests of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through an array of programs funded under the Developmental Disabilities Act.
May 13, 2015
April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2 is World Autism Day. Nearly one in 68 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that impacts multiple life areas, such as social skills, communication skills and behavior. Individuals with ASD may require individualized services and supports to lead self-determined lives in the community.
March 18, 2015
The 2016 Older Americans Month theme is Blaze a Trail. Visit the OAM microsite for materials and ideas to help your organization celebrate.
February 4, 2015
The Administration for Community Living joins President Obama in recognizing American Heart Month.
February 4, 2015
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Since 1994, the nation has celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service. This is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service — a "day on, not a day off."
December 15, 2014
December 1 is the 26th annual World AIDS Day. While raising awareness of the prevalence of AIDS and HIV, we also need to raise awareness about who is at risk. Unsafe sex is the most common way people contract HIV worldwide. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly assume that older Americans and individuals with a disability are not sexually active and therefore not at risk for HIV infection.

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