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Ramadan is a special month of the year for over one billion Muslims throughout the world. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. Muslims think of it as a kind of tune-up for their spiritual lives. There are as many meanings of Ramadan as there are Muslims.

Eleanor Roosevelt
It is the anniversary of Eleanor Roosevelt's birthday on October 11, 1884. Eleanor was one of the most remarkable and most highly respected people of the 20th Century. She was passionately committed to the ideals of American democracy and promoted those values throughout the world.


Guide to National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October marks Disability Employment Awareness Month, a federally recognized designation that calls attention to the issues people with disabilities face, particularly in employment. Roughly 70 percent of people with disabilities are unemployed. Events for the month, whose theme is "Win with Ability," will include various seminars and proclamations throughout the country, culminating with Disability Mentoring Day on Oct. 24.

Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications.

Michigan Department of Career Development Disability and Rehabilitation
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EEOC – US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
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US Department of Justice – ADA Home Page
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US Commission on Civil Rights
The United States Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) is an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding agency of the executive branch established under the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The Commission has the following mandate: Investigate complaints alleging that citizens are being deprived of their right to vote by reason of their race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or by reason of fraudulent practices and more...

Social Security Administration Office of Disability
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Disability Direct
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The Work Site
The Work Site Mission is to promote the employment of Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities by designing policies that make work pay, Promoting research and program innovation, Educating the public about programs and services that facilitate entry into the workforce, Partnering with other public and private groups to remove employment barriers for people with disabilities. Find out all about the ticket to work and work incentives improvement act of 1999. Learn about initiatives, activities, and programs in your state that can help people with disabilities who want to work.

Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC)
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) has established ten regional centers to provide information, training, and technical assistance to employers, people with disabilities, and other entities with responsibilities under the ADA. The centers act as a "one-stop" central, comprehensive resource on ADA issues in employment, public services, public accommodations, and communications. Each center works closely with local business, disability, governmental, rehabilitation, and other professional networks to provide ADA information and assistance, placing special emphasis on meeting the needs of small businesses. Programs vary in each region, but all centers provide the following, Technical Assistance, Education and Training, Materials, Dissemination, Information and Referral, Public Awareness, Local Capacity Building, more...

November is National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
This celebration of Native American heritage has roots in efforts at the turn of the 20th century to recognize the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States. Starting as a day of recognition in 1916 in some states, then becoming Native Awareness Week in 1976, the celebration expanded to a month in 1990 and has been signified by Presidential Proclamation every November since 1994.

Hispanic Heritage Month
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From Blackburn, Bonnie & Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press 1999
Kightly, Charles, The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore, Thames & Hudson 1987

Names of the Month to the Northern Tribes
Aleuts: month after hunting month
Ugric Ostiaks: Walking month (men can go home on foot while the ice remains)
Yeneseik Ostiaks: Winter month
Tatars: Great cold month
Karagasses; Sable month (people begin to trap sable)
Buriats: Milch moon
Ostiak Samoyeds: Tax month (month when the tax, i.e. the reindeer is caught) or Thumb Month (because the light is so short women can only make the thumb of a glove in 1 day)
Yurak Samoyeds: Sand month (because the wind drives the snow like sand)
Samoyed: Great month of darkness
Yakuts: Month in which the foals are shut up (so the mares can be milked)
Eskimos: time to bring in winter stores
Lower Yukon delta: Mush-ice forms
South of Yukon delta: Velvet shedding
Tlinkit, Wrangell, AK: Moon when all creatures go into their dens
Spencer Bridge band of Thompson Indians, BC: Going in time (people enter their winter houses)

Nilsson, Martin P, Primitive Time-Reckoning, Oxford University Press 1920

Names of the Month of the European Peoples
Macedonia: sowing month, St Andrews (from his feast on the 30th)
Albania: month of St Andrew
Basque: sowing month
Lithuania: frost month
Slovakia: leaf-fall, time when the goat ruts
Ruthenia: winter month
Bulgaria: kindling of the wheel
Germany: leaf-fall, second autumn month, winter month, month of rime, month of winds, month of dirt, hard month, slaughtering month, full month, wolf month, acorn month
Denmark: slaughter month
Lapland: month when the male reindeer are powerless (the month before is rutting month), Advent month

Nilsson, Martin P, Primitive Time-Reckoning, Oxford University Press 1920

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