Each June, we recognize Aphasia Awareness Month, a time dedicated to encouraging advocacy for a common health condition that 84.5% of Americans don't even know exists. As a chronic impairment that affects language, aphasia can dramatically affect those who live with it every day. During Aphasia Awareness Month, clinical professionals, along with individuals with aphasia and those who support them can share information about this little-known disorder. If you want to participate in these efforts, you can learn more about aphasia, how it impacts those who have it and what can be done to provide a better quality of life for those living with aphasia.
If you didn't know, April is the month to celebrate the occupational therapy (OT) profession. While patients of all ages benefit from occupational therapy for acute and chronic health conditions, many people do not understand what occupational therapists actually do. That is why, having a dedicated month to celebrate OT brings awareness to a discipline that helps so many people lead better lives.
This year, World Health Day (7 April 2021) is all about building a fairer, healthier world. For over 50 years, since its founding in 1948, the World Health Organization's (WHO) mission has been to create awareness for a variety of health issues as well as offer informational resources to the general public.
March is a significant month for our disabled friends, family, and neighbors. Not only will this year mark the 34th anniversary of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (March, 1987), but it will also be the 9th ever officially observed World Down Syndrome Day (March, 21st).
Join us in celebrating the lives of those with down syndrome and other developmental disabilities in an effort to further advocate for their rights, inclusion and welfare across the globe!
Happy International Women’s Day (IWD)! Today was created in the name of celebrating women’s achievements and advocating for gender equality around the world. It is especially a good day to share women’s stories, successes, adversities as well as help fundraise and donate to female-focused charities which we will have linked in the resources section below!
As you may know from part 1 of our #NEDA series, this week has been dedicated to increasing National Eating Disorders Awareness. While we have already discussed its history and purpose, today we want to dive deeper into the affects eating disorders have not only on the body but also on the mind.
Eating disorders have been a prevalent problem in America for decades. In fact, about 20 million women and 10 million men experience eating disorders at some point in their lifetime. That is why so many organizations across the country come together to improve education and increase advocacy for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. With eating disorders categorized as a behavioral and mental illness, it is important, now more than ever, to discuss the significance of total body wellness. Although people may not initially be perceived as someone who suffers from an eating disorder, a person's health should not always be determined from how they look but in most cases how they feel both physically and mentally. Keep reading to learn more about #NEDA awareness!
While February is most commonly associated with Valentine's Day, for over 50 years it has also been recognized as the official American Heart Month in which advocacy efforts are made nationwide to bring awareness to cardiovascular health. That is why, today we are discussing the importance of observing American Heart Month as well as providing some helpful resources for everyone to read and share!