Events and Observances

May 13, 2015
Since 1987, March has been designated Developmental Disabilities Month. This is an opportunity for communities to raise awareness of the many ways people with developmental disabilities contribute to our society. The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental disabilities works to advance the concerns and interests of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through an array of programs funded under the Developmental Disabilities Act.
March 18, 2015
The 2016 Older Americans Month theme is Blaze a Trail. Visit the OAM microsite for materials and ideas to help your organization celebrate.
February 4, 2015
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Since 1994, the nation has celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service. This is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service — a "day on, not a day off."
February 4, 2015
The Administration for Community Living joins President Obama in recognizing American Heart Month.
December 15, 2014
December 1 is the 26th annual World AIDS Day. While raising awareness of the prevalence of AIDS and HIV, we also need to raise awareness about who is at risk. Unsafe sex is the most common way people contract HIV worldwide. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly assume that older Americans and individuals with a disability are not sexually active and therefore not at risk for HIV infection.
October 28, 2014
Expect. Employ. Empower. Everyone deserves the opportunity to find and perform meaningful work. This includes older adults and people with even the most significant disabilities.
October 17, 2014
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) joins President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as we recognize May as Mental Health Awareness Month, reaffirming our commitment to building our understanding of mental illness, increasing access to treatment, and ensuring those who are struggling to know they are not alone.
October 17, 2014
Residents' Rights Month is celebrated in October to honor those living in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living, board and care, and retirement communities. It provides an opportunity for family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff, and others to focus awareness on the dignity, respect, and value of each individual resident. It also serves as a reminder to those living in a long-term care facility to learn about and exercise their rights.
October 10, 2014
"How is my child doing?": parents and other caregivers often ask themselves. Several federal projects are underway to support parents and professionals who work with young children in answering this universal question.
September 22, 2014
National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is September 23. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries to older adults. Falls result in more than 2.4 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 772,000 hospitalizations and more than 21,700 deaths. This year’s theme, Strong Today—Falls Free Tomorrow, highlights the important roles professionals, older adults, caregivers, and family members play in raising awareness and preventing falls in the older adult population.

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