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Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Special Needs Calendar: Awareness All Year Round

There are so many different special needs and many have their own awareness days and month. It can sometimes be hard to remember all of them. I have put together this calendar to help you remember all of the awareness days and months for 2018. Please share this post with anyone and everyone.


January

Alzheimer's Awareness Month 
Constipation awareness month
Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Mentoring Month
Self-Help Group Awareness Month
Volunteer Blood Donor Month
Weight Loss Awareness Month
National Birth Defects Month

January 4- World Braille Day
January 24- Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day
January 27 - Family Literacy Day - ABC Life Literacy Canada
January 30 - CTE Awareness Day (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy)
January 31 - World Leprosy Day - (International)


February

Children's Dental Health Month
Heart & Stroke Month

February 2 - Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day
February 4 - World Cancer Day
February 12 - Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day
February 14 - Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day - (Canada)
February 15- International Angelman Day
February 15 - International Childhood Cancer Day - (International)
February 22 - National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day (U.S.)

February 27 - Anosmia Awareness Day
February 28- Rare Disease Day

1st Wk - Eating Disorder Awareness Week
1st Wk - National Therapeutic Recreation Week

1st Wk - White Cane Week; National; Canadian Council of the Blind


March

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
DVT - (Deep Vein Thrombosis) Prevention Awareness Month
Developmental Disabilities Month
Endometriosis Awareness Month
Foot Health Month
Help Fight Liver Disease Month
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month
Reading Awareness Month
Self-Injury Awareness Month
Trisomy Awareness month
Social Work Awareness Month

March 1- Self-Injury Day
March 1- International Wheelchair Day
March 20- Brain Injury Awareness Day
March 21- World Down Syndrome Day
March 26- Purple Day for Epilepsy
March 27 - AFE Awareness Day - An international day uniting those affected by Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE)

1st Wk - Lymphedema Awareness Week - BC Lymphedema Association
1st Wk - World Glaucoma Awareness Week - World Glaucoma Week


April


Autism awareness Month - (Canada & U.S.)
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Awareness
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month
Limb Loss Awareness Month
Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month
Primary Immunodeficiency Awareness Month - (U.S.)
Sarcoidosis Awareness Month
Testicular Cancer Awareness


April 2- World Autism Awareness Day 
April 4 - Auditory Processing Disorder Awareness Day

April 6 - Bohring-Opitz Syndrome (International)
April 8 - Cushing Disease/Syndrome Awareness Day
April 11 - Parkinson's Disease International Awareness Day.
April 13 - Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day (International)
April 17 - World Hemophilia Day - (UN)

April 19 - Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Action Day
April 23 - Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) Awareness Day

April 25 - World Meningitis Day
April 29 - World Primary Immunodeficiency Day (Canada)

2nd Saturday of April - Sarcoidosis Awareness Day
Last Saturday in April - Show Your Mettle Day - Awareness day to encourage amputees to show their metal (prosthetic devices, wheel chairs, etc).
April 11-18 - National Porphyria Awareness Week (NPAW) to enhance porphyria awareness in communities by spreading the word about porphyria.

April 12-18 - Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.


May


Better Hearing and Speech Month
Mental Health Awareness Month
National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Prader Willi Awareness Month
Williams Syndrome Awareness Month
ALS Awareness Month - (U.S.)
Arthritis Month

Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month
Brain Tumor Awareness Month
Cystic fibrosis Awareness Month (Australia and U.S.)
Celiac Awareness Month
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)

Fibromyalgia Awareness
Huntington's Disease Awareness Month - (U.S.)
Lupus Awareness Month
Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month - (Canada)
Stroke Awareness Month - (U.S.)


May 5 - Ependymoma Awareness Day
May 5 - National Childhood Stroke Awareness Day
May 5 - World Asthma Day
May 6 - World Moyamoya Day
May 7 - National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
May 6 - International Awareness Day for Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones)
May 7 - Bladder Cancer Awareness Day

May 8 - World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day
May 10 - World Lupus Day
May 12 - International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND)
May 14 - Childhood Speech Apraxia Awareness Day

May 15 - International Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) Awareness Day
May 15- Tuberous Sclerosis Global Awareness Day
May 17 - Worldwide Neurofibromatosis (NF) Awareness Day
May 19 - Schizencephaly Awareness Day
May 20 - International Behcet's Disease Awareness Day
May 20 - International Blue Cone Monochromacy awareness day
May 20 - World Autoimmune Arthritis Day

May 21 - Global Accessibility Awareness Day
May 23 - International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
May 24 - Schizophrenia awareness day (Canada)
May 25 - World Thyroid Day (WTD)

May 27 - World Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Day.


May 5-12- Cri du Chat Awareness Week
May 8-14- Brain Injury Awareness Week
2nd Week in May - Williams Syndrome Awareness Week


June

Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month
Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS) Awareness Month
Chronic Venous Insufficiency Awareness Month
Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

Hemiplegic Migraine Awareness Month


June 1 - World Hypoparathyroidism Awareness
June 7 - National Cancer Survivors Day
June 8 - World Brain Tumor Day

June 11 - Neuropathy Action Awareness Day
June 13 - International Albinism Awareness Day
June 17- CDKL5 Awareness Day 
June 18 - Autistic Pride Day

June 19 - World Sickle Cell Day - (UN)
June 21 - Global day of recognition of ALS/MND
June 23- Dravet Syndrome Awareness Day (Canada)
June 29 - Chronic Migraine Awareness Day

June 29 - World Scleroderma Awareness Day
June 30 - Arthrogryposis Awareness Day



July


Disability Pride Month (NY)
Fragile X (FXS) Awareness Month
National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month (NCCAPM)

Sarcoma Awareness Month - (U.S.)


July 2 - National Corpus Callosum Awareness Day (Australia)
July 12 - Heterochromia Awareness Day
July 12- Disability Awareness Day (UK)
July 13 - Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Awareness Day
July 16- Disability (ADA) Awareness Day
July 22 - Fragile X Awareness Day (FXS)
July 23 - World Sjogren's Day
July 24 - National Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Day
July 30 - Gastroschisis Awareness Day


August

Cataract Awareness Month
Children's Eye Health and Safety Month
Children's Vision and Learning Month
Digestive Tract Paralysis (DTP) Month
Neurosurgery Outreach Month
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)

August 7 - Purple Heart Day

September


Craniofacial Acceptance Month
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness
Hydrocephalus Awareness Month
National Spinal Cord Awareness Month
Sickle Cell Awareness Month
Alopecia Awareness Month - (U.S.)
Arnold-Chiari Malformation Awareness Month

Achalasia Awareness Month 
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month - (U.S.)
Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month - (U.S.)
Lymphoma Awareness Month
Orthostatic Tremor Awareness Month
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - (U.S.)
Pain Awareness Month
Polycystic ovary syndrome Awareness Month

Prostate Awareness Month
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month - (U.S.)
Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

Tumor Awareness Month - (U.S.)
World Alzheimer's Disease Month


September 4 - World Cerebral Palsy Day
September 7 - Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
September 9 - International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day (FASD)
September 13 - Celiac Disease Awareness Day 
September 15 - World Lymphoma Awareness Day - 
September 19 - Aortic Dissection Awareness Day
September 19 - Usher Syndrome Awareness Day (Global)
September 21 - Myositis Awareness Day - Designated by U.S. Congress

September 21 - World Alzheimer's Day
September 22 - World Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) Day
September 23 - Falls Prevention Awareness Day - (First Day of Fall)
September 24 - Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS) Awareness Day
September 25 - International Ataxia Awareness Day

September 26 - Mesothelioma Awareness Day
September 29 - World Heart Day
September 30 - Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day

Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week - First week of September - 

October

ADHD Awareness Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Dyslexia Awareness Month
Occupational Therapy Awareness Month
National Physical Therapy Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
Special Needs Law Month
Spinal Bifida Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Colon Cancer Awareness Month
Depression Education and Awareness Month - (U.S.)
Dwarfism Awareness Month
Dysautonomia Awareness Month
Lupus Awareness Month
Physical Therapy Month - (U.S.)
Raynaud's Awareness Month
Selective Mutism Awareness Month
Vaccine Injury Awareness Month - (U.S.)



October 6- World Cerebral Palsy Day
October 7 - International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day
October 7 - Team Margot Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Awareness Day
October 9 - PANDAS / PANS Awareness Day
October 10 - World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
October 10 - World Mental Health Day
October 13 - Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day
October 14 - Global Food Protein Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) Day
October 15 - World Blind Day / World Sight Day
October 15 - National White Cane Safety Day
October 15 - Blind Americans Equality Day
October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day
October 21 - Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day
October 22 - International Stuttering Awareness Day
October 25 - Spina Bifida Awareness Day
October 25 - Hydrocephalus Day
October 29 - World Stroke Day

October 25 - 31 - International Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness Week
OCD Awareness Week



November

22q Awareness Month
Epilepsy Awareness Month
COPD Awareness Month
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Alzheimer's Awareness Month
Dercum's Disease (Adiposis Dolorosa) Awareness month
Diabetes Awareness Month
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Prematurity Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer / Men's Health Awareness month
RSD/CRPS Awareness Month


November 1- LGS Awareness Day
November 7- National Stress Awareness Day
November 8 - Aicardi Syndrome Awareness Day
November 10 - World NET Cancer Awareness Day
November 12 - World Pneumonia Day
November 13 - World Pancreatic Cancer Day
November 14 - World Diabetes Day - (UN)
November 15- World Ohtahara Syndrome Awareness Day
November 17 - World Prematurity Day
November 18 - World COPD Day
November 24 - N24 Awareness Day


December

Constipation Awareness Month


December 3- International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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