North American Inclusion Month (NAIM) - North American Inclusion Month (NAIM) is about creating an inclusive society for people with disabilities.

North American Inclusion Month (NAIM) 2025 – February 2025

North American Inclusion Month is celebrated every February to raise awareness about the need to create equal opportunities for people with disabilities in all aspects, including employment and education. According to the U.N., people with disabilities are individuals who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments which, in interaction with various attitudinal and environmental barriers, hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. NAIM was established by Yachad, also known as the National Jewish Council for Disabilities. During North American Inclusion Month, Yachad and other like-minded organizations publish resources and carry out awareness and community outreach programs geared towards inclusion.

History of North American Inclusion Month (NAIM)

Archaeological evidence reveals that since early history, various cultures have provided for people with disabilities. Although the ancient Greeks and Romans were obsessed with the perfecting of the human body, structural provisions were made to allow the handicapped to access temples and healing sanctuaries.In the Middle Ages, however, disabilities came to be viewed as punishment for sins and works of demons. Therefore, the disabled became outcasts and homeless beggars. In the 18th and 19th centuries, during the Industrial Revolution, employers began valuing people based on their ability to produce like machines. Hence, people with disabilities became a problem to be solved or eradicated.It wasn’t until the early 1970s that disability activism took shape in the United States. Between the 1970s and 1990s, the U.S. government passed several laws to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in society. Examples include the Rehabilitation Act, Education for All Handicapped Children Act, Amendments to the 1972 Higher Education Act, and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).In 2011, Yachad launched the North American Inclusion Month to raise awareness about the need for more opportunities for people with disabilities.

North American Inclusion Month (NAIM) timeline

500 — 1500
A Dark Era

Europeans view disabilities as a punishment for sin or the works of demons.

The Rise of Disability Activism

Americans begin protesting against the mistreatment of people with disabilities.

The Enactment of ADA

The U.S. government passes the Americans with Disabilities Act.

NAIM is Born

Yachad establishes the North American Inclusion Month.

North American Inclusion Month (NAIM) FAQs

What challenges do people with disabilities face at the workplace?

Difficulties include lack of transportation and accommodation facilities, employers’ doubt, and stigmatization.

Is it okay to say persons with disabilities?

It is alright to address those with disabilities as disabled people or people as disabilities. But it’s best to ask them which term they prefer.

What are the seven examples of disabilities?

Some common examples of disabilities include physical disability, autism spectrum disorder, mental health conditions, intellectual disability, acquired brain injury, vision impairment, and deafness/hearing impairment.

How to Observe North American Inclusion Month (NAIM)

  1. Schedule a sensitivity training for your organization

    Sensitivity training is an organizational development technique to make people aware of their prejudice and more sensitive to others. Different organizations offer this training, including HR University, Oculus, Cornell University, and Catalyst.

  2. Host a program on inclusion

    This program could be a talk show, forum, or community outreach. You need to create a plan, choose a venue (virtual or physical), invite guest speakers, and promote the program. Also, you can check for a nearby inclusion expert and invite them.

  3. Post about inclusion on social media

    As an individual or organization interested in making an inclusive society, you can share your views about it on social media. This will ensure a greater reach.

5 Facts People With Disabilities

  1. People with disabilities in the world

    According to the U.N., 15% of the world’s population lives with a disability.

  2. People with disabilities in America

    According to the C.D.C., 61 million adults in the United States live with a disability.

  3. The leading cause of disabilities

    Illnesses cause about 91% of disabilities.

  4. Access to healthcare

    One in three adults with disabilities does not have a usual healthcare provider.

  5. Women are more likely to be disabled

    One in four women in the United States has a disability.

Why North American Inclusion Month (NAIM) is Important

  1. It raises awareness

    People with disabilities encounter various systemic, architectural, communication, and technology challenges that prevent them from functioning effectively. They’re also stigmatized in workplaces. NAIM helps draw attention to these issues with statistics to show how people with disabilities are totally excluded from society.

  2. It promotes an inclusive workplace

    In addition to stigmatization, most workplaces are not designed with people with disabilities in mind. Also, most employers avoid employing people with disabilities, leaving most of them unemployed. Sensitivity training during NAIM helps educate employers and coworkers on communicating and working with people with disabilities. NAIM’s awareness programs also promote the strengths of people with disabilities and the benefits of an inclusive workplace.

  3. It promotes an inclusive society

    NAIM provides an opportunity for organizing awareness and outreach programs on inclusion. That helps pinpoint the challenges of people with disabilities and develop feasible solutions to these challenges.

North American Inclusion Month (NAIM) dates

Year Date Day
2023 February 1 Wednesday
2024 February 1 Thursday
2025 February 1 Saturday
2026 February 1 Sunday
2027 February 1 Monday
National Dark Chocolate Day
National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
National Freedom Day
National Get Up Day
Decorating With Candy Day
National Baked Alaska Day
Spunky Old Broads Day
Robinson Crusoe Day
International Pisco Sour Day
World Hijab Day
Imbolc (Saint Brigid's Day)
National Serpent Day
Federal Territory Day
Abolition of Slavery Day
Change Your Password Day
Heroes' Day
G.I. Joe Day
Hula in the Coola Day
Car Insurance Day
National Texas Day
Tet Nguyen Dan
International Face and Body Art Day
Conservatorship and Guardianship Abuse Awareness Day
World Aspergillosis Day
National Sean Day
National Cameron Day
Day of Remembrance and Respect to Victims of the Communist Regime
Decorating with Candy Day
Yukon Quest
Holiday Hugs Day
Take Your Child To The Library Day
Lung Leavin’ Day
Harry Styles's Birthday
Stormi Webster's Birthday
La Poutine Week
Solo Diners Eat Out Week
National Patient Recognition Week
Women's Heart Week
World Interfaith Harmony Week
National Patient Recognition Week
Shape Up With Pickles Time
American Heart Month
Dog Training Education Month
Great American Pie Month
National Bird Feeding Month
National Cat Health Month
National Cherry Month
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Embroidery Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
National Macadamia Nut Month
National Snack Food Month
Pet Dental Health Month
Black History Month
National Grapefruit Month
Canned Food Month
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
National Bake For Family Fun Month
Bike To Work Month
Humpback Whale Awareness Month
International Friendship Month
Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
LGBT+ History Month
Spunky Old Broads Month
National Library Lovers Month
National Cancer Prevention Month
National Sweet Potato Month
International Expect Success Month
Cholangiocarcinoma Awareness Month
National Heart Healthy Month
International Boost Self Esteem Month
An Affair to Remember Month
Creative Romance Month
National Fasting February
Potato Lovers Month
Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
National Time Management Month
Celebration of Chocolate Month
Love the Bus Month
Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall Month
Relationship Wellness Month
National Care About Your Indoor Air Month
Wise Health Care Consumer Month
National Haiku Writing Month
From Africa to Virginia Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Financial Aid Awareness Month
Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month
National Mend a Broken Heart Month
National Senior Independence Month
National Arts Month
National Therapeutic Recreation Month
National Women Inventors Month
African American Heritage Month
Raynaud's Awareness Month
National Condom Month
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
Declutter for a Cause Month
National Parent Leadership Month
Human Relations Month
Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
Vegan Cuisine Month
Berry Fresh Month
Spiritual Teachers Month
National Fondue Month
National Laugh Friendly Month
North American Inclusion Month (NAIM)
Barley Month
National Self-Check Month
Women’s Role in History Month
Jobs in Golf Month
AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
International Hoof Care Month
International Month of Black Women in the Arts
Beat the Heat Month
Ethnic Equality Month
Marijuana Awareness Month
National Goat Yoga Month
National Blah Buster Month
National African American Read-In
Feline Fix by Five Month
Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
National Avocado and Banana Month
Free Open Source Software Month
Worldwide Renaissance of the Heart Month
Exotic Vegetables and Star Fruit Month
National Weddings Month
Responsible Pet Owners Month
National Enrolled Agents Month
Youth Leadership Month