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National Observances


National Autism Awareness Month
Autism Society of America
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 650
Bethesda, MD 20814-3015
(800) 3-AUTISM (parent information and referral calls)
(800) 329-0899 (fax-on-demand, quick response)
(301) 657-0869 (fax) (Internet)


Better Hearing and Speech Month
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(800) 638-8255 or (301) 897-8682 (Internet)

National Stuttering Awareness Week
Stuttering Foundation of America
3100 Walnut Grove Road, Suite 603
Memphis, TN 38111-0749
(800) 992-9392 or (901) 452-7343
(901) 452-3931 (fax) (Email) (Internet)


National Aphasia Awareness Week
National Aphasia Association
156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 707
New York, NY 10010
(800) 922-4622
(212) 989-7777 (fax) (Email) (Internet)

Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week
Helen Keller National Center
111 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050
(516) 944-8900, ext. 325
(516) 944-8637 (TTY)
(516) 944-7302 (fax) (Internet)

Look for Us

The NIDCD Information Clearinghouse plans to have an exhibit booth and information materials at the following 1999 conferences:

American College of Nurse Practitioners
February 26-March 1
Washington, DC

American College of Preventive Medicine/Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine
March 18-21
Washington, DC

American Geriatrics Society
May 19-23
Philadelphia, PA

Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People
June 27-30
New Orleans, LA

What Are Other Organizations Doing?

The Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) is increasing awareness of balance through the Sixth Sense Campaign. The Sixth Sense Campaign emphasizes the importance of balance and refers to it as the sixth sense. By increasing awareness of balance, the campaign seeks to raise understanding of vestibular disorders. VEDA can be contacted at P.O. Box 4467, Portland, OR 97208-4467; voice: (503) 229-7705 (answering machine); fax: (503) 229-8064; Email:

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) is launching the Heros with Hearing Loss Mentoring Program for hard of hearing adolescents age 10-14. Young adults age 20-30 who also have hearing loss will serve as mentors to these young adolescents during a critical developmental period when identity issues surrounding one's hearing loss often surface. The areas chosen for the pilot program are Washington, DC (including Maryland and Virginia); Northern California; and the Twin Cities, Minnesota. To participate, contact Carla Beyer, SHHH Mentoring Program Coordinator: voice: (301) 657-2248; TTY: (301) 657-2249; Email: Or, write to the SHHH National Office, 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Last Updated Date: 
June 7, 2010