The Munroe-Meyer Institute supports several local, national and international awareness initiatives to promote acceptance and inclusion for all people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities and other complex health care needs.
We invite our MMI family and anyone with an interest to become involved in these important conversations.
Baby Safe Month
Most people are surprised to learn preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year. Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities to keep kids safe.
Craniofacial Acceptance Month
Each year CCA families, friends, volunteers and related support groups band together to widen the circle of acceptance for individuals with facial differences. During the month of September we encourage our MMI family to celebrate Craniofacial Acceptance Month and to recognize the amazing strength and resilience of individuals with craniofacial differences.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)
At work, it's what people CAN do that matters. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has unveiled the official poster for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2021. Available for download in both English and Spanish, the poster illustrates this year’s NDEAM theme, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” Through bold text and imagery, the poster conveys the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
NDEAM is held each October to commemorate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. Learn more about NDEAM.
The Campaign for Disability Employment encourages organizations of all sizes and in all industries to participate in NDEAM. Learn more at WhatCanYouDoCampaign.org
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
March 21st is Down Syndrome Awareness Day, and October is Down Syndrome Awareness month; its purpose is to raise public awareness of this common disorder and advocate for acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
Visit National Association for Down Syndrome's website to see this year's yard sign and apparel available for purchase.
In our local community, Down Syndrome Alliance (DSA) of the Midlands is a non-profit agency founded in 1999 made up of parents, advocates, educators and medical professionals. Their mission is to connect those touched by Down syndrome through education, advocacy and support.
Did you know?
Congratulations to Graciela Sharif, LEND Program Associate and co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Munroe-Meyer Institute – Graciela was recently presented the Mary McHale Leadership Award at the “Building the Future Gala” for the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands. Sharif, the mother of a young adult with Down syndrome, was honored for her work to educate and empower parents and professionals as they work to improve the educational and health care outcomes of individuals with developmental disabilities.
This is not an all-inclusive list of awareness initiatives. Follow us on social to stay current with our activities.