There are hundreds of national and international days dedicated to raising awareness for — and celebrating — groups and causes within the disability community.

At Good Good Good, we share stories that leave our community feeling more hopeful and empowered to make a positive difference. For years we've privately collected and curated a comprehensive list of important cause-themed holidays and awareness months that we've used to create content for our Instagram, Goodnewsletter, and Goodnewspaper.

We made our Monthly Cause Awareness Calendar publicly available earlier this year. We also published:

And now we're publishing this calendar specifically related to the disability community. Our hope is this resource will help you or your organization bring attention to important issues and communities.

Remember, the disability community is not a monolith. Always listen first to members of the community you're talking about — not caretakers, media, or other outside sources. Listen to how they refer to themselves, what issues they highlight, and the tone in which they speak about their disabilities.

Where applicable, we've included resources (usually good news around particular topics — or action steps on how to make a difference) — and encourage you to share them if you find them helpful.

We've worked hard to make this the most comprehensive collection of disability days and months on the internet. Always double-check dates (via the links we included), as organizers may occasionally change dates.

Bookmark this page and revisit it as often as you need. We'll continue to update it over time.

Holidays & Awareness Months For Disabilities — 2022

January

Days

World Braille Day - January 4th

Paget’s Awareness Day - January 11th

Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day - January 24th

World Leprosy Day - Every last Sunday of January

Weeks & Months

Glaucoma Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Learn about the women fighting in court for access to HPV vaccines

February

Holidays

World Cancer Day - February 4th

While too many people die from cancer every year, it’s worth celebrating the rapid rate at which cancer deaths are decreasing

International Epilepsy Day - Every 2nd Monday of February

World Day of the Sick - February 11th

Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Day - February 14th

National Donor Day - February 14th

International Childhood Cancer Day - February 15th

National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day - February 22nd

World Encephalitis Day - February 22nd

Rare Disease Day - February 28th or 29th

Weeks & Months

Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month

Low Vision Awareness Month

White Cane Week - Every 1st week of February

Tinnitus Awareness Week - Every 1st full week of February

Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week - February 7th to 14th

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week - Last week of February or the first week of March

March

Holidays

Disability Community Day of Mourning - March 1st

World Hearing Day - March 3rd

Breast Implant Illness Awareness Day - March 8th

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - March 10th

World Kidney Day - Every 2nd Thursday of March

National Trisomy 18 Awareness Day - March 18th

World Down Syndrome Day - March 21st

World Tuberculosis Day - March 24th

U.S. National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day - March 25th

Purple Day for Epilepsy - March 26th

Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) Awareness Day - March 27th

Weeks & Months

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Color Therapy Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Prevention Awareness Month

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Endometriosis Awareness Month

Essential Tremor Month

Kidney Month

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

Red Cross Month

Self-Injury Awareness Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month

National Trisomy Awareness Month

World Glaucoma Week - Every 2nd full week of March

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week - Last week of February or the first week of March

April

Holidays

World Autism Awareness Day - April 2nd

Learn about why autistic people don’t support World Autism Awareness Day 

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Remembrance Day - April 4th

Bohring-Opitz Syndrome Awareness Day - April 6th

World Health Day - April 7th

Cushing Disease Awareness Day - April 8th

Teal Day (for Counselors) - April 8th

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day - April 10th

Parkinson’s Disease International Awareness Day - April 11th

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day - April 13th

World Hemophilia Day - April 17th

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Action Day - April 19th

World Meningitis Day - April 24th

World Malaria Day - April 25th

Read the good news about the new malaria vaccine that could save millions of lives

World Wish Day - April 29th

International Guide Dog Day - Every last Wednesday of April

Weeks & Months

Autism Acceptance Month

Cushing Disease Awareness Month

National Donate Life Month

Learn about how donating life can be an impactful way to give back to your community

Paralyzed Veterans Across America Month

Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month

Counseling Awareness Month

Follow our guide to learn how to find a counselor that works for your needs and your budget

Porphyria Awareness Week - April 10th to 17th

Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week - April 11th to 17th

World Primary Immunodeficiency (PI) Week - April 22nd to 29th

May

Holidays

International 5p Syndrome Awareness Day - May 5th

World Asthma Day - May 5th

International Day for Osteogenesis Imperfecta - May 6th

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day - May 7th

World Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day - May 8th

World Red Cross & Red Crescent Day - May 8th

Ependymoma Awareness Day - May 10th

World Lupus Day - May 10th

International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND) Day - May 12th

International Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) Awareness Day - May 15th

Global Accessibility Awareness Day - May 19th

Mental Health Action Day - May 19th

International Behcet’s Disease Awareness Day - May 20th

International Blue Cone Monochromacy Awareness Day - May 20th

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day - May 20th

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula - May 23rd

National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day - May 24th

Learn more about ​​Schizophrenia and other commonly misunderstood mental disorders

World Thyroid Day - May 25th

World Multiple Sclerosis Day - May 30th

Weeks & Months

Mental Health Awareness Month

Read Good Good Good’s comprehensive guide on ideas and activities for celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month

Fibromyalgia Awareness Month

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

ALS Awareness Month

Apraxia Awareness Month

American Stroke Month

Arthritis Awareness Month

Better Speech and Hearing Month

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month

Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Celiac Awareness Mont

Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Month

Hepatitis Awareness Month

High Blood Pressure Education Month

Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month

Lupus Awareness Month

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Read the good news about the new mRNA vaccine that may offer protection against Lyme

Mobility Awareness Month

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

Myositis Awareness Month

Older Americans Month

Brain Tumor Action Week - Week-long event in May

Face Equality Week - Week-long event in May

Deaf Awareness Week - Every 1st full week of May

Brain Injury Awareness Week - Every 2nd week of May

Mental Health Awareness Week - Week-long event in May

National Eosinophil Awareness Week - Week-long event in May

June

Holidays

National Cancer Survivors Day - Every 1st Sunday of June

Learn about Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green changing the way America treats cancer

World Brain Tumor Day - June 8th

International Albinism Awareness Day - June 13th

CDKL5 Worldwide Awareness Day - June 17th

Autistic Pride Day - June 18th

World Sickle Cell Day - June 19th

Global Day of Recognition of ALS/MND - June 21st

Dravet Syndrome Awareness Day - June 23rd

Neuropathy Action Awareness Day - June 23rd

World Vitiligo Awareness Day - June 25th

PTSD Screening Day - June 27th

World Scleroderma Awareness Day - June 29th

Arthrogryposis Awareness Day - June 30th

Weeks & Months

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Read about this music program supporting people with Alzheimer's

Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS) Awareness Month

Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

Hemiplegic Migraine Awareness Month

Audiobook Appreciation Month

Audiobooks are a great accessibility tool — check out our recommendations for the best audiobook platforms (that aren't Amazon's Audible)

PTSD Awareness Month

Read about how one veteran, Richard Casper, is using art and music to help others with PTSD

Learning Disability Week - June 20th to 26th

Helen Keller Deafblind Awareness Week - Every last week of June

July

Holidays

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Awareness Day - July 13th

World Sjogren’s Day - July 23rd

National Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Day - July 24th

Samaritans Awareness Day - July 24th

Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary - July 26th

World Hepatitis Day - July 28th

Gastroschicis Awareness Day - July 30th

Weeks & Months

Disability Pride Month

Read and share Good Good Good’s complete guide to celebrating Disability Pride Month — written by activist Daphne Frias 

BIPOC Mental Health Month

Fragile X (FXS) Awareness Month 

National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month

Sarcoma Research Awareness Month

August 

Holidays

National Nonprofit Day - August 17th

National Senior Citizens Day - August 21st

Grief Awareness Day - August 30th

Weeks & Months

Don’t Be a Bully Month

Read and share Hank Green’s iconic quote about bullying

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) Awareness Month

September

Holidays

World Duchenne Awareness Day - September 7th

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness (FASD) Day - September 9th

World Suicide Prevention Day - September 10th

Read about student advocates taking the lead to curb campus suicide

Celiac Disease Awareness Day - September 13th

World Lymphoma Awareness Day - September 15th

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day - September 18th

Usher Syndrome Awareness Day - September 19th

World Alzheimer’s Day - September 21st

World Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) Day - September 22nd

International Day of Sign Language - September 23rd

International Ataxia Awareness Day - September 25th

Mesothelioma Awareness Day - September 26th

Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Day - September 30th

Weeks & Months

Suicide Prevention Week

Read our guide to Suicide Prevention Week activities & explore the best quotes about suicide prevention

Achalasia Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Alopecia Awareness Month

Lymphoma Awareness Month

Craniofacial Awareness Month

National Guide Dog Month

National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Read and share this guide on how to help someone who’s contemplating suicide — and read about how suicides fell when gay marriage was legalized

Orthostatic Tremor Awareness Month

Pain Awareness Month

Listen to our podcast interviews with Ruthie Lindsey and Grace Theisen about their experiences dealing with chronic pain

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Month

Prostate Awareness Month

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

World Alzheimer’s Disease Month

International Week of the Deaf - Every last week of September

October

Holidays

World Day of Bullying Prevention - October 5th

American Veterans Disabled for Life Awareness Day - October 5th

World Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day - October 6th

International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day - October 7th

Team Margot Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Awareness Day - October 7th

PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day - October 9th

World Mental Health Day - October 10th

Explore our guide to activities to celebrate World Mental Health Day — and, of course, explore Good Good Good’s collection of mental health resources

World Sight Day - October 13th

Learn about the app Be My Eyes — a free app that connects people who are blind or experience low-vision with sighted volunteers for assistance

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day - October 13th

World Thrombosis Day - October 13th

Blind Americans Equality Day - October 15th

World Osteoporosis Day - October 20th

Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day - Third Wednesday of October

Disability Mentoring Day - Third Wednesday of October

International Stuttering Awareness Day - October 22nd

Learn about STAMMA, an organization helping end the stigma around stuttering

World Polio Day - October 24th

Hydrocephalus Day - October 25th

World Stroke Day - October 29th

Weeks & Months

ADHD Awareness Month

Explore Good Good Good’s resource guide — featuring the best podcasts, blogs, and TikToks about ADHD

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Listen to ​​Good Good Good’s interview with Paige More, founder of The Breasties

Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Depression Awareness Month

Listen to our podcast interview with John Moe, a comedian fighting depression with humor — and read about the U.S. decreasing depression stigma for the first time

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Dwarfism Awareness Month

Dysautonomia Awareness Month

Dyslexia Awareness Month

Audiobooks are a great accessibility tool for people with dyslexia — explore our guide to the best audiobook apps

Eczema Awareness Month

Liver Cancer Awareness Month

Learning Disability Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Raynaud’s Awareness Month

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

Selective Mutism Awareness Month

Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Dyslexia Awareness Week - Begins on the first Monday of October

OCD Awareness Week - Every 2nd week of October

Read our guide to how to support someone with OCD

Dyspraxia Awareness Week 

International Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness Week - October 25th to 31st

November

Holidays

International Stress Awareness Day - November 2nd

Aicardi Syndrome Awareness Day - November 8th

World Usability Day - November 11th

Veterans Day - November 11th

Explore these Veterans Day ideas and use this holiday as an opportunity to support disabled veterans

World Pneumonia Day - November 12th

World Pancreatic Cancer Day - Every third Thursday of November

World Diabetes Day - November 14th

World Ohtahara Sydrome Awareness Day - November 15th

World COPD Day - Every third Wednesday of November

Giving Tuesday - First Tuesday after Thanksgiving

Learn how to volunteer with or donate to disability rights organizations for Giving Tuesday (and explore more ideas to make a difference)

Weeks & Months

COPD Awareness Month

Dercum’s Disease (Adiposis Dolorosa) Awareness Month

Diabetes Awareness Month

Epilepsy Awareness Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Pancreatic Awareness Month

Movember

International Stress Awareness Week - Every 1st week of November 

December

Holidays

World AIDS Day - December 1st

Explore good news about the fight against HIV/AIDS in the U.S. around the world

International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3rd

International Day of Epidemic Preparedness - December 27th

Weeks & Months

Constipation Awareness Month

HIV/AIDS Awareness Month

Is this list missing a holiday or awareness week/month? Let us know. We want to ensure this list is comprehensive and inclusive.