October is Disability Awareness Month. Learn how CDC/NCBDDD is celebrating and how you can participate

October 3, 2007

In recognition of Disability Awareness Month, CDC would like to encourage everyone to learn more about what is being done to promote the health and well-being among people of all ages with disabilities.  The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) has several items planned this month to increase awareness of disability issues:



  • Spotlight feature on CDC's home page, "October is Disability Awareness Month," promoting health and well-being among people of all ages with disabilities.  The feature highlights NCBDDD's work in developmental disabilities and disability and health http://www.cdc.gov/Features/DisabilityAwareness/
  • An E-card on "October is Disability Awareness Month," is being developed and will be shared soon.  The E-card will direct users to the spotlight feature
  • "Notice to Readers" on Disability Awareness Month in the October 5, 2007, issue of the MMWR


  • "State-Level Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking and Treatment Advice, by Disability Status, United States, 2004" Preventing Chronic Disease, October 2007.  Authors: Brian S. Armour, PhD, Vincent A. Campbell, PhD, John E. Crews, DPA, Ann Malarcher, PhD, Emmanuel Maurice, MS, and Roland A. Richard, MPH
  • "Physical Activity Among Adults With Disabilities - United States, 2005" MMWR October 5, 2007.  Authors: James H. Rimmer, PhD, (NCPAD), Lesley A. Wolf, MPH, Brian S. Armour, PhD, and Lisa B. Sinclair, MPH


  • Ms. Eustacia Cutler, author of A Thorn in My Pocket and mother of Temple Grandin, who was diagnosed with autism in the 1950s, will speak at CDC on Monday, October 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Roybal Campus, Tom Harkin Global Communications Center (Building 19), Auditorium A. Registration is required. A panel discussion will follow Ms. Cutler's presentation featuring members of the community affected by developmental disabilities

Please contact CDC's Natasha Singh at (404) 498-3382 if you would like additional information on these topics.