Disability Awareness Days

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Toucan Diversity list disability awareness days to give opportunities to celebrate and start a possible conversation around disability within organisations. Awareness days are a brilliant opportunity to create a more inclusive environment for employees to disclose their disabilities.

January 4th 2021 – World Braille Day

Celebrated every year on January the 4th because its Louis Braille’s birthday, the inventor of Braille. Celebrate this day and share the importance accessibility and independence for people who are blind or visually impaired. More work is needed to ensure that we working towards accessibility for everyone! More information here.

A persons fingers over braille

Feb 1st-7th 2021 – Tinnitus Awareness Week

2021 awareness week theme will be surrounding the issue of people with tinnitus accessing treatment and support from GPs. Visit the British Tinnitus Association’s website for more information on how to get involved.

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Feb 4th – Time To Talk Day

Time to Talk Day is about trying to break down the barriers around mental health by having conversations about it. Join the nation in the discussion and find out other ways you can join in at the Time to Change website.

an ant carrying a big leaf. Inside the leaf it says "the power of small" and beneath the ant it says "a small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference."

Feb 8th – International Epilepsy Day

More than 120 countries join together to celebrate and highlight the problems faced by people with Epilepsy. For information on how to get involved and spread awareness, visit the Epilepsy Foundation’s website.

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March 3rd – World Hearing Day

Held every year on the 3rd of March to raise awareness on how to prevent hearing loss and deafness, as well as promoting ear and hearing care. The theme in 2021 is hearing care for all! Read more about the key messages of the day at the World Health Organisation.

Lots of cartoons of different people in a spiral. Text reading World Hearing Day 3 march 2021, Hearing care for all

March 21st – World Down Syndrome Day 2021

“Each year the voice of people with Down Syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder.” Find out how you can join in and more information found on World Down Syndrome Day website

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March 29th – April 4th – World Autism Awareness Week 2021

The aim of this week is to educate those who unaware of Autism and how to be inclusive to those who do have Autism. There are lots of way you can be involved during the week, find out what you can do on the National Autistic Society website.

Colours of dark and light purple and green across the image with the logo for the National Autistic Society logo. Text says "World autism awareness week 2021"

April 1st – April 30th  – Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April since 1992, in order to raise public awareness of the causes of stress and help for stress.  Millions of people are affected by stress, find out was to get help, tips or just ways to share this information and be involved throughout the month on the Stress Management Society Website.

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April 2nd –World Autism Awareness Day 2021

The fourteenth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2021. On this day people are encouraged to Light it up blue in recognition of autism. This day also takes part in autism awareness week. Find out how to get involved by visiting the autism speaks website.

Blue light bulb with text that says "autism speaks. Light it up blue".

May 4-9th Deaf Awareness Week 2021

Deaf Awareness Week, the theme this year is ‘coming through it together’. The aim is continuing to raise awareness now so more than ever and to spread positivity. Check out the UK council on deafness for more information. 

A close up of a man's ear with a hearing aid on.

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