March - A Month of Awareness

March marks the beginning of a month-long journey of awareness, advocacy, and celebration. As we delve into MS Awareness Month, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Brain Injury Awareness Month, and Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, we embark on a collective mission to shed light on these important causes. Through our blog, we invite you to explore stories of resilience, learn about valuable resources, and join us in fostering a more inclusive and supportive community. Together, let's make a meaningful impact and honor the strength of those affected by these conditions.


MS Awareness Month:

During MS Awareness Month, we shine a spotlight on the lives of those living with Multiple Sclerosis, a complex and unpredictable autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. Through sharing personal stories, latest research advancements, and advocacy efforts, we strive to increase understanding and support for individuals facing the challenges of MS.

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is pleased to stand in solidarity with MS Awareness Month throughout March, offering a variety of online educational activities. These include a three-part podcast series, a live webinar, and comprehensive coverage across MSAA’s social media platforms, featuring expert insights into the field of MS. Emphasizing the theme of “Improving Lives Through Supportive Connections,” MSAA’s national campaign for MS Awareness Month spotlights programs dedicated to the profound impact of social interactions, connectedness, and mental health support.


Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month:

As we commemorate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we recognize the unique abilities and contributions of individuals with developmental disabilities. This month provides an opportunity to celebrate diversity, promote inclusion, and advocate for access to education, employment, and healthcare services that empower individuals with developmental disabilities to thrive.

In 1987, President Reagan recognized March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to increase “public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities” and to provide the “encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developmental disabilities are defined as impairments in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas, and include:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Learning or intellectual disabilities
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision impairment
  • Other developmental delays

Through their campaign each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) join forces to highlight how people with and without disabilities unite to form strong communities.


Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month:

This month, we also recognize the strength and resilience of individuals living with Cerebral Palsy, a group of neurological disorders affecting movement and muscle coordination. This month serves as a platform to advocate for inclusive opportunities, access to healthcare services, and research efforts aimed at improving the quality of life for those affected by Cerebral Palsy.

Approximately one in 345 children in the U.S. have cerebral palsy. Including adults, there are nearly 1,000,000 people in the U.S. with CP and 18 million people worldwide.

The symptoms of CP vary significantly by individual, but the primary effects are related to movement, muscles, and mobility. Some of the difficulties children with CP face include poor balance, high muscle tone, painful muscle spasms, and difficulty walking.

Symptoms range from mild to severe. There are also many associated conditions come children might have, including epilepsy, difficulty swallowing, vision and hearing loss, or cognitive and behavioral issues.


Brain Injury Awareness Month:

Brain Injury Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness about the causes, effects, and prevention of brain injuries. Whether acquired through traumatic incidents or medical conditions, brain injuries can have profound impacts on individuals and their families. Through education, advocacy, and support initiatives, we aim to enhance understanding and promote brain injury prevention strategies.

By collectively challenging the stigma surrounding brain injuries, we can work towards enhancing the quality of life for individuals affected by such injuries, particularly during Brain Injury Awareness Month.


As we continue our journey through March and the meaningful awareness months it brings, we carry with us the stories of courage, resilience, and hope shared throughout our exploration. From MS Awareness Month to Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Brain Injury Awareness Month, and Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, we are continuously inspired by the strength and determination of individuals and families facing these challenges. Let us remain committed to advocating, supporting, and uplifting each other in our shared pursuit of a more inclusive and compassionate world.

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