Awareness Calendar

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 in supporting individuals with disabilities to become involved in these important conversations.

 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March 1 - 31

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

To raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. Learn More.

NACDD logo artwork credit: Art Enables artist Eileen Schofield.

 autism awareness ribbon

April 1 - April 30

National Autism Awareness Month

This month long celebration is an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year. We advocate to ensure schools and communities promote acceptance and inclusion that results in true appreciation of the unique aspects of all people with ASD.

 Bob Kerrey pedestrian bridge lit blue

April 2

💙Light It Up Blue💙 for World Autism Day

MMI and Autism Action Partnership host a cross-state annual event to increase autism awareness and understanding and to promote acceptance of people with autism.

Join us at 7 p.m. on the Bob Kerrey Bridge as we Light It Up Blue to kickoff World Autism Month! Wear blue and gather on either side of the bridge and meet in the center at 7:19 for the official lighting.

  Celebrate the ADA 30 (1990-2020) Americans with Disabilities Act - July 26, 2020

ADA30 logo credit: ADA National Network (

July 26

Americans with Disabilities Act

This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ADA, signed into law on July 26, 1990.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 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.

This is not an all-inclusive list of awareness initiatives. Follow us on social to stay current with our activities.

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