Disability Independence Day
July 26 marks the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Since its signing in 1990, the ADA has helped disabled Americans lead fuller lives through their individual neighborhoods, schools and workplaces. If you're not familiar with all the areas of life that are enhanced for disabled individuals through the ADA, take a minute to watch their video.
You may be surprised to learn of the many celebrities who have disabilities. For instance:
* Soccer superstar David Beckham suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder.
* Neil Young, one of the greatest guitarists of all times, suffers from epilepsy.
* Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia Organa Skywalker in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, suffers from bipolar disorder.
One Voice Day
"One Voice Day" is a global initiative to unite all countries of the world in the reading of the Universal Peace Covenant at exactly 1 p.m. CDT on July 26 each year. The Universal Peace Covenant is a 577-word pledge and plea to bring families, countries and the world together in a peaceful co-existence despite our constantly changing world.
The Covenant is also celebrated each year during the Universal Hour of Peace, which begins at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and continues through 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.
All or Nothing Day
If you have something about which you've been procrastinating -- perhaps going back to school or changing jobs -- today is your day to go for it. "All or Nothing Day" encourages us to throw caution to the wind and take action on whatever it is that we've been mulling around in the backs of our minds.
If you need a little inspiration to get you going, why not listen to Elvis Presley's hit tune, "It's Now or Never" on Yahoo! Music?
Aunt and Uncles Day
Everyone has their special day of honor, and July 26 belongs to all the aunts and uncles of the world. Why not take a moment to celebrate "Aunt and Uncles Day" by picking up the phone and calling your special aunts and uncles and reminding them of how important they have been in your life?
If you want to have some fun with this little-known holiday, challenge your family or co-workers to recall famous aunts and uncles, real or fictional. Here are some to get you started:
* Uncle Bill from the 1966-1971 TV show "Family Affair," starring Brain Keith.
* Aunt Bea from the "Andy Griffith Show" and "Mayberry R.F.D." played by Frances Bavier.
* Uncle Martin, that loveable uncle from outer space portrayed by Ray Walston in "My Favorite Martian" from 1963-1966.
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