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October Awareness, part 1
October Awareness, part 1
By PEAK Parent Center / October 8, 2021
October seems to be a favorite month for many reasons. One reason we at PEAK Parent love October is the diversity we get to celebrate and learn more about. Because there are so many amazing causes this month, we will be sharing them in a two part series of blog posts. In each post, you will find a list of disability groups and other causes that use October as their national or global month of awareness. You will also find a few global and Colorado based websites to use as resources to learn more, support and connect.
As organizations continue to evolve, please reach out to us to let us know if we missed anything! We welcome feedback as we grow and learn more about diverse populations. We strongly support #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs.
On October 6th, people with Cerebral Palsy, their families and organizations that support them share the vision that ensures the same rights, access and opportunities as everyone else in society.
ADD/ADHD Awareness Month is used as a month to dispel myths and misconceptions about Attention deficit disorder and Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder by sharing facts to promote better understanding, support and inclusion for those who have the disability as well as bringing information and resources to support these individuals as they learn to utilize their unique strengths to impact the world.
Down Syndrome Awareness Month is not only used to raise awareness about Down syndrome, but also to shed light on the accomplishments, goals and abilities of individuals with Down syndrome, as well as how to break down barriers that prevent individuals with Down syndrome from achieving those goals.
The purpose of Depression Education and Mental Health Screening Month is to promote the importance of getting and keeping the conversations going around mental illness and depression.
We also recognize the following days and weeks in the month of October as part of this effort:
National Child Health Day, October 4
Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 4-10
National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, October 8
World Mental Health Day, Saturday, October 10
Here are a few resources to help get the conversation going and how you can observe these causes:
National Dwarfism Awareness Month is used as a way to bring positive awareness to dwarfism, dispel myths and offer opportunities to people with dwarfism. It is a month to “improve the quality of life for people with dwarfism throughout their lives while celebrating with great pride Little People’s contribution to social diversity” (Little People of America, lpa.org).
Dyslexia Awareness Month brings a better understanding about dyslexia, as well as tools and new resources and approaches to reading. Through these efforts, individuals with dyslexia are given support to improve their success throughout their entire educational career and beyond.