OCTOBER - MONTH FOR Bullying Awareness, Down Syndrome Awareness, and Learning Disabilities Awareness
The sights and smells of October bring a month full of celebration, standing up for, and spreading awareness about things that matter and deserve recognition! Take a look at the information and events below.
Bullying Awareness Month
UNITY DAY OCTOBER 22ND
October is PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month The End of Bullying Begins with Me is the message to remember during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. It’s a time when communities unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. PACER created the campaign in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort to encourage everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement. PACER offers a variety of resources to use year-round, but especially during October, to inspire, educate, and inform. Check out the many events and activities, and make plans to join the movement and take action where you live! Find out more
Make it Orange, Make it End - What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? On Wednesday, Oct. 22 plan to “Make it ORANGE and Make it End!” If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities, wear orange on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone comes together – in schools, communities, and online – to send a large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity. “Taking part in Unity Day is a simple way to make a powerful statement,” said Paula Goldberg, PACER Center’s executive director. “Anyone can join with us to “Make It Orange and Make It End.”
(above information & image courtsey of www.pacer.org)
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. This month we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of the abilities and accomplishments of those who have Down Syndrome. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities.
Learn all about Down Syndrome's history and listen to people speak out about what it’s like to have Down syndrome to learn the real story. People with Down syndrome and their loved ones can spread awareness about Down syndrome by going to their local Buddy Walk® and speak out about their needs. Be educated on how to advocate for people with Down Syndrome – they need love, support and encouragement as much as anyone else. (information adapted from ndss.org)
In Northwest Arkansas, our 10th Annual Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness will take place on Sat. Oct. 18th at Arvest Ballpark from 10am-noon. Chick-Fil-A is providing a free lunch this year. For event details go to www.dscnwa.com.
Learning Disabilities Awareness Month
October was originally designated in the United States as LD Month in 1985 through a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan. Learning Disabilities Association of Canada has celebrated an LD Month since 1987 and provides a toolkit to help you celebrate. For many years, learning disabilities organizations in the United States used the month to inform the public about learning disabilities through events and proclamations. LD Month is still commemorated in a few states.
Learning Disabilities Awareness Month is a time where people pay particular attention to children and adults with learning disabilities. You could use some time this month to teach one person something new about learning disabilities. For example, introduce them to www.ldonline.org 's newsletter or share an interesting article.
For more ideas and resources on Learning Disabilities Awareness Month visit http://www.ldonline.org/calendar/ld#history
(information from www.ldonline.org)
Staff of the Family Support Program (including original content as well as curated links to various authors around the web.)