Events Calendar

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A list of current events can be found in the most recent “News and Notes” at the UM Disability Blog.
  • August 29-September 6, 2022, Minneapolis: General Conference of the UMC

Here is a list of major recurring disability celebrations and observations.
  • January 4: World Braille Day celebrates the birthday of Louis Braille
  • March 1: National Day of Mourning for disabled people killed by family members or others
  • March 3: World Hearing Day
  • March 21: World Down Syndrome Day. This date was chosen because Down syndrome occurs when there are three copies of the 21st chromosome.
  • April 2: World Autism Awareness Day
  • April 15: National ASL Day, remembering the first Deaf school opening in 1817
  • April 16: Audio Description Awareness Day
  • June 27: National PTSD Awareness Day
  • July: Disability Pride Month
  • September 23: International Day of Sign Languages.
  • October
    • First week: Mental Illness Awareness Week
    • Emotional Wellness Month
    • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
    • National Depression Education & Awareness Month
  • December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities.


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