National Barrier Awareness Day - May 7
Tue, May 7, 2024

National Barrier Awareness Day

National Barrier Awareness Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to people with disabilities. Its main goal is to eliminate social barriers, because often people ignore the problems of people with disabilities or treat them with disgust. This needs to be corrected as a matter of urgency. People with disabilities need to feel loved and needed in this society, because their life is not easy! The holiday is celebrated on May 7.


The history of National Barrier Awareness Day goes back several decades. Its creation became known in 1986, when President R. Reagan himself initiated the establishment of such a day. The creation of the holiday was to promote greater support for people with disabilities. It was also aimed at recognizing the many achievements in various spheres of society that were made by people with disabilities.

This day is not just about people in wheelchairs. It also includes people with autism, Down syndrome, autoimmune diseases and others. All of them need people’s support and care, not ridicule and cold scornful looks.

Interesting facts

  • In 1990, the ADA was passed, which prohibited any discriminatory actions against people with disabilities in any form.
  • Approximately 1.3 billion people in the world are disabled.
  • The modern wheelchair appeared in 1932. Its creator was G. Jennings, who wanted to help a friend who was injured at work.

How to celebrate

Wish a happy holiday to people you know who have disabilities. Find out how they live and cope with limitations. They have not been discriminated against. Help charities that raise funds for the rehabilitation of people with disabilities.

Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Let more people know about it.

When is National Barrier Awareness Day celebrated in 2024?

National Barrier Awareness Day is observed on May 7 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday May 7 2024
Wednesday May 7 2025