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Tzvi Schectman
BY Tzvi Schectman

The Special Needs Calendar: A Year Of Awareness [Infographic]

[Update: Get the 2014 Edition of the Special Needs Awareness Calendar Here

If you watch the news, listen to the radio, surf the web, or read any number of blogs you are guaranteed to come across an awareness day or two. Every day of the year has some type of awareness day or week, some as banal as Potato Awareness week and other dates which are much more significant, such as Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

In the special needs community there are also some very important awareness days and months. Some of these dates are well known while others are not. In an effort to bring awareness to these dates and the correlating condition, we have created the Special Needs Awareness Calendar.

Below you will find a graphic that displays a listing of all of the special needs awareness dates divided by seasons. Feel free to share this post with anyone who would appreciated a special needs awareness calendar. If there is a condition or syndrome that we have left out of this graphic please let us know and we will try and update the image.

Special Needs Calendar

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Tzvi Schectman

Written on January 7, 2013 by:

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+
  • Great resource – I’d love to share it at the Cafe – would it be okay to do so Rabbi?

    • fcmichigan

      Katrina, Absolutely! Feel free to share.

  • Love this!!!!!
    Special Needs Calendar Update; September is National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month as per H.Res.373, a resolution expressing support for the designation of the month of September as “National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month.” Goto for more details.

    Please add hydrocephalus to September. thank you!

    I love this calendar and appreciate all that you are doing to promote awareness and education in our communities.

    Jenna Sciulli
    Director of PA Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation, Inc

  • Jennifer

    Please consider adding Jan 24, Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day.

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  • Gina B

    Greatly helpful im the founder of MDAC inc. The Making A Difference for Autistic Children foundation. We cover all special needs and are tryimg to get a fund raiser going for the special needs classes in our surrounding schools. And this was an amazing help thank you so much 🙂
    ~Gina B

  • katie

    What about World Prematurity Day?

  • Special Needs Calendar Update; September is National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month as per H.Res.373, passed 3 years ago in congress. This is a resolution expressing support for the designation of the month of September as “National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month.”

  • Katrina Evanochko

    This is a fantastic idea! I was just saying to a friend that we needed something like this, I have another one for you to add – May is Tuberous Sclerosis Complex awareness month, and May 15 is Global TSC Awareness Day

  • PLEASE!! Help the NEUROFIBROMATOSIS (NF) COMMUNITY & help us RAISE NF AWARENESS by listing the diagnosis on your calender. The month of MAY is NATIONAL NF awareness month. NF is a NEUROLOGICAL GENETIC DISORDER that cause TUMORS 2 grow on the nerves @ any time. 1 out of 2,500 people have it. It does not discriminate on race or gender. It is very common & there R different types of Neurofibromatosis. NF-1 & NF-2 & Schwannamatosis. (don’t know if this is spelled correctly). A lot of people or doctors have never heard of it & we R trying 2 make that change. A lot of people never heard of NF because there R no famous people that have the diagnosis. In fact just recently the RICKI LAKE SHOW & BONES “the TV show” did recent shows about NF. SO PLEASE HELP US RAISE NF AWARENESS by putting NEUROFIBROMATOSIS on your calender. THANKS!!! =-)

  • Here is a more better description of NEUROFIBROMATIOSIS from the Children’s Tumors Foundation. It explains the different types of NF. Thanks!! =-)

  • Variety of Texas

    Thank you so much for posting this!!

  • Chrissy Bernal

    Great post! Very aesthetically pleasing, as well. I would love if you added Dwarfism Awareness Month to October. 🙂

  • Sean W

    How do I Get the printable calendar, I signed up and got a toy book instead?

  • Minaz

    This is fantastic! Is there any way we can get a description of the disabilities mentioned on the calender. That way more awareness can be created regarding each disability.

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