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Disability Awareness: June 2014

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Disability Awareness in June:

1st National Cancer Survivors Day
14th World Blood Donor Day
- Search for blood drive locations -
16th to 20th Learning Disability Week
24th to 30th Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Week
27th National HIV Testing Day
- Search free HIV testing locations -



"I am different, not less."

~Temple Grandin

Learning Disability Week

In honor of Learning Disability Week, I’d like to highlight two scientists with learning disabilities that have impacted agriculture in a BIG way.

  • Temple Grandin (1947) - best-selling author, autistic activist and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior -
    Temple Grandin

Learning Disability Facts

  • 10% of students with a learning disability are enrolled in a four-year college within two years of leaving school, compared with 28% of the general population.1
  • Among working-age adults with a learning disability versus those without: 55% vs. 76% are employed; 6% vs. 3% of adults are unemployed; and 39% vs. 21% are not in the labor force partly because of lack of education.2

1 Wagner, M., Newman, L., Cameto, R., Garza, N., & Levine, P. (2005). After high school: A first look at the postschool experiences of youth with disabilities. A report from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). Menlo Park, CA: SRI International. Available at
2 H. Stephen Kaye, Unpublished tabulations of 2005 data from the U.S. Survey of Income and Program Participation in C. Cortiella, The State of Learning Disabilities 2010. National Center for Learning Disabilities, New York, NY.

Upcoming Relay & Bark for Life Events - 2014

Relay for LifeEach year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay for Life movement.

During a Relay event, participants and survivors celebrate what they've overcome. We remember people lost to the disease, and honor people who have fought or are fighting cancer. The event inspires Relay participants to take action against a disease that has taken too much.

Big Island

  • June 07 • Bark For Life of Hilo - Liliuokalani Park (Hilo)
  • July 12, 2014 • Relay For Life of Kona - Old Airport Park (Kailua-Kona)
  • July 19 • Relay For Life of Hilo - Francis Wong Stadium (Hilo)
  • August 8 • Relay For Life of Kohala - Kamehameha Park (Kapaau)
  • October 25 • Relay For Life of Waimea - Waimea Community Center Park (Kamuela)


  • June 7 • Bark For Life of Kauai - Kilohana Plantation (Lihue)
  • August 15 • Relay For Life of North Shore - The Field at Kauai Christian Academy


  • June 28 • Relay For Life of Central Maui - War Memorial Stadium (Wailuku)
  • July 19 • Relay For Life of West Maui - Lahaina Aquatic Park (Lahaina)


  • August 08 • Relay For Life of Molokai – Kaunakakai Ballpark (Wailuku)


  • July 12 • Relay For Life of Windward Oahu - Kailua High School (Kailua)
  • July 19 • Relay For Life of Magic Island - Magic Island (Honolulu)
  • August 23 • Relay For Life of The Kamehameha 'Ohana - Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Campus (Honolulu)

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
  • 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.
  • Target Center logo


    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.