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.

Awareness Initiatives

The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990 in the U.S. to protect people living with a disability. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

Munroe-Meyer Institute ADA advocacy

Melanie Davis, UCEDD Trainee at MMI, was recently featured in the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers 'DIRECTIONS' 2020.4. Read Life on wheels: Activism is not an easy road. This issue also includes ADA 30th anniversary commentary; Melanie shares her perspective.

Melanie is a strong advocate and we're thrilled to have her on board!


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.

Learn more at

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.

September is Craniofacial Acceptance Month - PSA from Children's Craniofacial on Vimeo.


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

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.

See 12 facts about 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?

  • In 1975 The United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends replacing the possessive form "Down's syndrome" with "Down syndrome."
  • In the 1950s French pediatrician and geneticist Jerome Lejeune works toward his discovery ultimately proving that Down syndrome results from an extra chromosome.
  • In 1862 English physician John Langdon Down classified the genetic disorder but the name Down syndrome would not be standardized until 1975.

MMI Advocacy

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.

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