Developmental Disability Awareness Ribbons

Awareness ribbons in recent history began when Penney Laingen used the ribbon as a symbol of vigilance ( from the song, Tie a Ribbon Around the Ole Oak Tree) when she tied a yellow ribbon around the oak tree in her front yard when her husband, Bruce Laingen. a top-ranking U.S. diplomat was a hostage during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. This was followed by the red ribbon during the AIDS epidemic and the pink ribbon bringing awareness to breast cancer.

Ribbons have long been used as a way to bring awareness and raise consciousness for a cause. Ribbons and disability awareness have evolved from bringing awareness to various disability topics such as sensitivity, inclusion and advocacy to including various formats. People are using social media as a means to promote awareness including using hashtags and setting up Facebook pages specifically for disability awareness.

Disability awareness and acceptance is being done through the use of awareness ribbons.

The Ribbons below focus on ribbons that bring awareness to developmental disability and special needs issues.  including individuals with neurodevelopmental and intellectual disabilities. Awareness is only a part of educating and training people on disability awareness. Training activities should also include acceptance and understanding.

Awareness Ribbons

Autism Spectrum Disorder- The Autism ribbon continues to evolve overtime. The puzzle piece was first used in 1963 by a parent and board member of the National Autistic Society in London indicating the puzzling, confusing nature of autism. In 1999, the puzzle piece ribbon was adopted as the universal sign of autism awareness by the Autism Society reflecting the complexity of the autism spectrum. Overtime, the both the puzzle and ribbon have become a symbol for seeing autism as something that is puzzling an needs to be fixed rather than acceptance. A more positive symbol includes the infinity loop used as a symbol for acceptance rather than awareness.

Angelman Syndrome- Blue

Apraxia- Light Blue

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity (ADHD)- Orange

Cerebral Palsy- Green

Cri Du Chat- Blue

Developmental Disabilities- Silver or light blue

Di George Syndrome- Teal

Down Syndrome- Blue and Yellow

Dravet Syndrome- Purple

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy- Light Green

Epilepsy- Purple

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder- Silver and Blue

Fragile X Syndrome- Teal

Hydrocephalus- Light Blue

Prader Willi- Orange

Rare Disease- Zebra Stripe

Rett Syndrome- Purple

Sensory Processing Disorder- Blue or Orange

Sickle Cell Anemia- Burgundy

Spina Bifida- Yellow

Spinal Cord Injuries- Green

Tourette Syndrome- Teal

Trisomy 18- Light Blue

Turner Syndrome Purple Butterfly

Williams Syndrome- Burgundy

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Burgundy Awareness Ribbon

  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Williams Syndrome

 

Blue Awareness Ribbon

  • Angelman Syndrome
  • Cri Du Chat

Green Awareness Ribbon

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

Light Blue Awareness Ribbon

  • Apraxia
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Trisomy 18

Orange Awareness Ribbon

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Prader Willi Syndrome
  • Sensory Processing Disorder

Teal Awareness Ribbon

  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • DiGeorge Syndrome
  • Tourettte Syndrome

 

 

 

Purple Awareness Ribbon

  • Dravet Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Turner Syndrome

Blue and Yellow Awareness Ribbon

  • Down Syndrome

Light Green Awareness Ribbon

  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

 

Silver and Blue Awareness Ribbon

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder

Yellow Awareness Ribbon

  • Spina Bifida

Observance and Awareness Month

February

Turner Syndrome Awareness

March

Trisomy18

Kidney Awareness

Multiple Sclerosis

Cerebral Palsy

Developmental Disabilities

April

Autism

Auditory Processing Disorder

May

Apraxia

Cri Du Chat

Cystic Fibrosis

Williams Syndrome

June

Dravet Syndrome Day

July

Fragile X Syndrome

National Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month

September

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Day

Hydrocephalus

Sickle Cell Anemia

Spinal Cord Injuries

October

ADD/ADHD

Down Syndrome

Rett Syndrome

Sensory Processing Disorder

November

DiGeorge Syndrome

Epilepsy

 

Updated 1/2/2021

Special Needs Article Resources

The following are helpful articles on a variety of topics from children with disabilities to adults with physical disabilities.


Submitted by: Jennifer McGregor

Explaining special needs to your child: 15 great children’s books– This article provides information on books to help promote understanding and tolerance of children with disabilities. Books include topics on ADHD, autism, visual and physical disabilities and invisible disabilities such as anxieties.

How to Remodel for Accessibility– Includes steps to remodeling your home for wheelchair accessibility

Developing Your Blind Child’s Sleep Schedule– Although this article focuses on the sleep pattern of children who are visually impaired, it is also helpful for children with autism who display an irregular sleeping pattern.

How to Exercise if You Have Limited Mobility– An article that focuses on fitness tips for people with physical disabilities including the three different types of exercises.

January Special Needs Article Links

Welcome to the January links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of January on special needs and developmental disability topics. Enjoy!

specialneedslinks

10 alarm clocks for children with sensory challenges (Friendship Circle)

65+ ways to help students with sensory challenges at school (Mama OT)

ABL Denim creates sensory-friendly jeans for kids with autism (The Mighty)

ADHD: Younger children may be diagnosed (Medical News Today)

Boy with Down syndrome inspires mom to open Fairfield dance studio (Journal News)

Britain’s criminal justice system doesn’t know what to do about autism (Independent)

How to recognize sensory issues in your child (Integrated Learning Strategies)

Oral motor games for children young and old (Special-ism)

Organization and attention challenges related to sensory processing disorder (Sugar Aunts)

New technology aims to give unique voices to people who can’t speak (WHOTV)

The aging of the population with Down syndrome is a positive sign (STATNews)

The best tech jobs for individuals with autism (Forbes)

The truth about autism and sleep (The Huffington Post)

Top autism tips for professionals  (Network Autism)

Understanding the battle of an aggressive autistic child (iTech Post)

November Special Needs Article Links

specialneedslinks

Welcome to the November links. These are articles that I tweeted and or received from viewers during the month of November on special needs and developmental disability topics. Enjoy!

5 simple but important ways to help include kids with autism

14-Year Old with Asperger’s syndrome makes debut as an author

Activism and Advocacy- The Road from here to now

Autism: Parents face challenges too

Autism is seen as a male thing- but girls just implode emotionally

Children with autism may be over-diagnosed with ADHD: Study

Concussions are more prevalent in teens with ADHD

Dealing with sensory overload during the holidays

Employers are letting down people with autism

Mother and daughter share their struggles with dyslexia

Not letting ADHD get in the way of managing a business

Supreme Court hears service dog case

Utah adolescents with autism get own ‘high school,’ prevocational education

Woman with Down syndrome becomes the first teacher in Latin America

June Monthly Article Links

specialneedslinks

Welcome to the June article links and resources. These are articles that I tweeted and received during the month of June on special needs and developmental disability topics.

10 ways to help autistic children and adults  (The Art of Autism)

20 things I have learned since my son was diagnosed with autism (Huffington Post)

Autistic people are not failed versions of “normal.” They are different, not less (Ideas.TED.com)

Benefits of therapy dogs for autistic children (dogville.com)

Differences between tantrums and sensory meltdowns (Understood)

Exercise can help adults better cope with ADHD symptoms (Science Daily)

Girls with ADHD: How it’s missed (ADDitude)

How a dip in a pool can help open up a new world for children with autism (The Journal.ie)

How well does early intervention work for children with autism? (verywell.com)

Man with Cerebral Palsy goes surfing (New York Daily News)

Raising a daughter with Down syndrome makes me dream of a more inclusive society (Huffington Post)

Resources scarce for adults with autism (The Gazette)

Robot designed to help children with autism (Fast Company. Coexists)

Teen with Down syndrome becomes a police officer for a day (CTV News)

Teen with Down syndrome launches her own dog treat business (TMJ4)

Treating ADHD without medication (ADDitude)

Using poetry to give young adults with disabilities a voice (Washington Post)

What sensory processing disorder has to say about autism (Spectrum)

What it’s like to have ADHD (The Wireless)

Why I’m teaching my child with autism how to swim (Autism Speaks)

Do you know of any interesting articles on special needs and developmental disability topics you would like to see included in the monthly article links? please feel free to contact me at: specialneedsresourceblog@gmail.com