I could find no evidence that Congress, or any other governmental body, proclaimed October as National Sensory (Processing Disorder) Awareness Month. I did find a reference by Jeff Watjen of Summit Professional Education (kudos Jeff) that says Kathleen Morris, founder and publisher of SI Focus Magazine declared October as National Sensory Awareness Month. That may very well be true. I'm not sure, but it would not surprise me if it was true. And if it is true, I don't have a problem with that method of declaration. In fact, I prefer awareness days, weeks, months, and so on that are made so by The People rather than by Congress or some other group of officials declaring of what and when The People should be aware. What I have a bit of a problem with is the unquestioning acceptance by most people that October is National Sensory (Processing Disorder) Awareness Month; I have a problem with the unquestioning acceptance by most people of just about anything based on the "I read it so it must be true." phenomenon.
So perhaps anyone can proclaim any month as a National [Insert Your Favorite Cause, Food, Game, Thought, Person Here] Awareness Month. Does that make it so? Maybe. As Kenny Loggins wrote:
Who said that ev'ry wish
Would be heard and answered
When wished on the morning star
Somebody thought of that
And someone believed it
Look what it's done so far
My whining and railing on thoughtless acceptance aside, I would like more people to be aware of sensory processing issues. So, this post is my contribution to promoting awareness of National Sensory Awareness Month and National Sensory Processing Disorder Awareness Month. As for promoting awareness and information about sensory issues, I do that every day of every month.
If you want to learn more about Sensory Processing Disorder, you can take a look at SI Focus Magazine. It often has interesting information about sensory processing issues. It was founded by Kathleen Morris, the person rumored to have started the rumor that October is National Sensory Awareness Month that then started the rumor that October is National Sensory Processing Disorder Awareness Month that then started some people believing that October is National Sensory (Processing Disorder) Awareness Month that has, to some extent, made it so, in practice if not in law. Maybe, sometimes, blind acceptance isn't all bad.
Happy National Sensory (Processing Disorder) Awareness Month!