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Disability Awareness Month May 2012

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 Disability Awareness Month : May 2012
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Disability Awareness in May:

• Disability Insurance Awareness Month
• National Stroke Awareness Month
• National Arthritis Month
• National Lupus Awareness Month
• Fibromyalgia Awareness Month

Do you think that anybody can damage your soul?
Then why are you so embarrassed?
I laugh at those who think they can damage me.
They do not know who I am,
they do not know what I think,
they cannot even touch the things which are really mine
and with which I live.


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
  • Disability Insurance Awareness


  • Three out of every 10 workers will experience an accident or illness that keeps them out of work for 3 months or longer. (1)
  • Forty-three percent of all 40-year-olds will suffer a disability for at least 90 days prior to age 65. (1)
  • More than half of all personal bankruptcies and mortgage foreclosures are due to disability. (1)
  • More info: Council for Disability Awareness


    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.


  • Each year 700,000 people suffer a stroke. Five hundred thousand of these strokes are first occurrences, while the rest are repeat strokes. (1)
  • Every 45 seconds someone has a stroke in the United States. (1)
  • More info: National Stroke Association
    Source: 1 - Interesting Facts and Statistics About Stroke



    A picture of man in pain.

    Arthritis affect the musculoskeletal system and specifically the joints - where two or more bones meet.

    Fact: Arthritis is second only to heart disease as a cause of work disability. (1)

    More info: Arthritis Foundation
    Source: 1 - Learn About Arthritis

    Medications for lupus.


    Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys.

    More info: Lupus Foundation of America


    Woman suffering from Fibromyalgia.


    For people with Fibromyalgia, each day without pain is a new day for home.

    More info: National Fibromyalgia Association

    Source: Advances in medicine
    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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