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Disability Awareness Month June 2012

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Disability Awareness in June:


"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."

~Albert Einstein

Useful Links

  • AgrAbility Fact Sheets - The fact sheets are designed to provide useful information and resources to any farmer or agricultural worker who has a disability, injury or illness.
  • Deaf Linx - Fighting Audism Through Empowerment
  • Deaf Websites - Online Deaf Web Directory
  • DiversityInc - Those who have a .gov email address can sign up for free magazine subscription.
  • Expanding Your Market - Planning/conducting meetings and events that are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Helpful Healthy Chart (PDF; 38 KB)
  • How to Make Your Computer Workstation More User-Friendly
  • Know Your Employment Rights as a Disabled American
  • US Department of Labor

  • Aphasia


    Aphasia results from trauma to the parts of the brain that control language. Aphasia affects the person's ability to read, write, express and understand language. There are three types of aphasia, Broca's, Wernicke's, and Global.

    Treatments vary from speech-language therapy to new and promising medications. It is important when talking to someone with aphasia to simply your words while maintaining a natural conversation. Remember to always be patient, encouraging and supportive.

    May 2008 Sources: Health Day and National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders

    More info: The National Aphasia Association

    Myasthenia Gravis

    Myasthenia Gravis (MG) comes from the Greek and Latin words meaning "grave muscular weakness."

    A droopy eyelid (Source:

    The most common form of MG is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups.

    Common symptoms can include:

    • A drooping eyelid
    • Blurred or double vision
    • Slurred speech
    • Difficulty chewing and swallowing
    • Weakness in the arms and legs
    • Chronic muscle fatigue
    • Difficulty breathing
    More info: Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
    More info: MG: Alamo Support Group of South Texas

    National Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month

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    Only 14% had heard of CMV but it impacts more children than more well known infections and syndromes!

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CMV is the most common congenital (present at birth) viral infection in the United States. Each year, 30,000 children are born with congenital CMV causing 400 deaths and leaving 8,000 children with permanent disabilities.

    CMV prevention and treatment during pregnancy can prevent birth defects and developmental disabilities.

    More info: Stop CMV: The CMV Action Network

    Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

    Helping deaf-blind child engage in an activity.

    As the result of a Presidential Proclamation in 1984, the week of June 27th (Helen Keller's birthday) has been designated Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week.

    The week promotes an awareness and sensitivity to the needs of Americans who are deaf-blind, or vision and hearing impaired. For more information on Helen Keller Services for the Blind, visit

    Every year, HKNC celebrates this anniversary with a national campaign highlighting a particular aspect of deaf-blindness.

    More info: Helen Keller: Services for the Blind
    More info: Helen Keller National Center


    Scleroderma (From

    The cause is unknown. You can’t catch it from other people. Doctors don’t think it is passed through genes (from parent to child).

    Additionally, women who have this disease outnumber men 4:1. These people have typically reached the age of 40 or later when they develop this disease, yet scleroderma can be found in every age group.  

    There is no cure.

    More info: Scleroderma Foundation
    The Disability Emphasis Program goals are to:
  • Promote understanding and appreciation of individuals with disabilities.
  • Promote understanding of the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • Provide reasonable accommodations and accessibilities.
  • Encourage managers to provide career enhancement and promotions for people with disabilities.
  • For More Information Contact:
    PIA Disability Program Manager
    Karl Mikasa
    USDA Natural Reources Conservation Service (NRCS)
    Pacific Islands Area State Office
    P.O. Box 50004
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96850-0050
    Voice/VP: 808-447-3121
    TTY: 808-541-2619

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    The USDA TARGET Center's mission is to– Ensure that all USDA employees have safe and equal access to electronic and information technology by assessing, educating, and advocating for the integration of assistive technology and worksite accommodations.

    USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider..