Awareness Ribbons Chart: Color, Meaning, Causes
Published: 2015-03-09 - Updated: 2022-10-28
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Synopsis: List of awareness ribbon colors and associated causes regarding health and disability - Includes printable awareness ribbon chart. Many groups, foundations, and organizations have adopted ribbons as symbols of support or awareness. As a result, various causes may often share the same or similar ribbon color(s). As many awareness ribbon colors may have multiple associated meanings, we only list ribbons regarding health/disabilities.
- Awareness Ribbons
Awareness ribbons are defined as short pieces of colored ribbon folded into a loop, or representations of such, which are used in the United States, Canada, Australia, the UK, and other parts of the world as a way for wearers of the ribbon(s) to make a statement of support for a cause or issue.
What are Awareness Ribbons?
The use of various colored ribbons is designed to generate public awareness of health, medical conditions, disability, and other issues. Awareness ribbons are defined as short pieces of colored ribbon folded into a loop, or representations of such, which are used in the United States, Canada, Australia, the UK, and other parts of the world as a way for wearers of the ribbon(s) to make a statement of support for a cause or issue.
How Many Awareness Ribbons Are There?
Many groups, foundations, and organizations have adopted ribbons as symbols of support or awareness. As a result, various causes may often share the same, or similar, ribbon color(s). With new awareness days, weeks, and months, and ribbon colors, designs and symbols being created for causes, conditions, and cancer awareness, we're not certain how many there are, but as seen below, there are a lot!
- Disabled World does not guarantee these ribbons' accuracy, legal status, or causes. Before using any ribbon colors and designs for any reason, thoroughly research all current existing ribbon designations and causes.
- As many awareness ribbon colors may have multiple associated meanings, we only list ribbons regarding health/disabilities.
- Due to different groups, organizations, countries, and people often creating different colored ribbons for the same cause, we may have a condition/disease listed several times under various ribbon colors.
- If you know a ribbon or cause we have listed is not correct - or if you know of an awareness ribbon color or cause we have missed - please see: How to correct, register, or submit an awareness ribbon color or design.
Covid-19 Coronavirus Awareness Ribbon
In these times of social isolation or distancing, you may like to either suggest a design for a COVID-19 Awareness Ribbon, send us an image of your COVID-19 Awareness Ribbon design, or ask your child if they wish to design an awareness ribbon. Your description and design could convey; sentiments of those affected by COVID-19, remembrance of those who passed due to the Coronavirus, or gratitude for the doctors, nurses, delivery personnel, and many other workers who have, and are, placing their lives on the line every second of the day to save lives and help others stay safe. More information can be found at: Disabled World COVID-19 Awareness Ribbon Design Submissions.
|Color Chart of Awareness Ribbons|
|Black Awareness Ribbons|
|Blue Awareness Ribbons|
Light Blue Ribbons
Royal Blue Ribbons
Robin Egg Blue Ribbons
Blue Ribbons (2 Tone)
Blue/Gray Ribbon with Red Blood Drop
Blue Jeans Denim Ribbon
Pale Blue Ribbons
|Brown Awareness Ribbons Causes and Meanings|
|Burgundy Awareness Ribbons|
|Copper Awareness Ribbon|
|Cream Awareness Ribbons|
|Gray/Grey Awareness Ribbons|
|Green Awareness Ribbons|
Lime Green Ribbons
Light Green Ribbons
Mint Green Ribbons
Sea Green/Sea Foam Blue Ribbons
|Gold Awareness Ribbons|
|Orange Awareness Ribbons|
|Peach Awareness Ribbons|
|Amber Awareness Ribbons|
|Pearl, White or Clear Ribbons|
|Pink Awareness Ribbons|
|Purple Awareness Ribbon Causes and Meanings|
Lavender Awareness Ribbons
Purple and Silver Ribbons
|Red Awareness Ribbons|
|Silver Awareness Ribbons|
|Yellow Awareness Ribbons|
|Awareness Symbols Causes and Meanings|
Rainbow Butterfly Symbol
The rainbow butterfly symbol, based on the "rainbow infinity" neurodiversity symbol, grew from conversations on an ADHD Facebook group about what signs and symbols people with ADHD felt best represented them. The butterfly symbol pictured below resonated with many, symbolizing how ADHD minds often flit from one thing to the next. The rainbow butterfly symbol pictured is a current popular version.
Autism Infinity Symbol
Blue Star Symbol
Represents the fight against colorectal cancer. The hope is the Blue Star Universal Symbol will be integrated into existing group awareness efforts and incorporated into materials as a representation of the collective fight against colorectal cancer.
Checkered Eye Symbol
The checkered eye is a wearable symbol indicating its wearer has a vision disability. It is a simple line drawing of an eye, the center (iris) is black and white checkers. The symbol bears the Checkered Eye and the text "LOW VISION".
Black and White Checkered Ribbon
Black and white checkered awareness ribbon denotes "Blindness is a Spectrum".
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia awareness. Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) is a birth defect, occurring while the fetus is developing.
Dark Blue and Orange/Orchid
The awareness ribbon colors for Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) is Dark Blue for Arthritis, and Orange/Orchid for Psoriasis.
Blue Diabetes Circle Awareness. The awareness ribbon color for Diabetes was gray. However, diabetes is now symbolized by the blue circle, as designated by the International Diabetes Federation.
Purple Ribbon with White Spots in Figure 8 Format
Lichen Sclerosus awareness ribbon for a chronic skin disease. The shade of purple may change, but the white spots and figure 8 shape is the main identifier.
Multi-colored Puzzle Ribbon
Multi-colored puzzle ribbon with the words "Developmental Disabilities Awareness - Normal is Over-rated" on one side.
Teal Lichen Sclerosus Ribbon
Folded teal colored Lichen Sclerosus Awareness ribbon (U.K.) with the black printed words "Lichen Sclerosus" on one end and "Awareness" on the other end.
FOXG1 - Orange Ribbon with Fox Tail
FOXG1 is a severe neurological condition characterized by seizures, small head size, inability to control body movements, and lack of speech.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) - Formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).
Pink Ribbon - Red Ribbon
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon will expand the availability of vital cervical cancer screening and treatment and breast care education.
Prurigo Nodularis (PN) awareness ribbon features a reddish color fading to "pinkish" with dots at the ends and the words Prurigo Nodularis printed on one side.
Trisomy Awareness ribbon - Created by the Support Organization for Trisomy to represent all forms of Trisomy.
The ribbon features a mosaic pattern of red, blue, and yellow colors, with the words "Mosaic Trisomy Awareness" printed on it.
The blue butterfly symbol is used to raise awareness of Turner Syndrome
Mint Green and Golden Yellow Butterfly
The Mint green and golden yellow butterfly symbol is used to raise awareness of Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS).
|Multiple Colored Ribbons Causes and Meanings|
Beige - Giraffe Print Ribbons
Tethered spinal cord syndrome - Closely associated with spina bifida.
Black with Silver Sparkled Striped Zebra Ribbons
Stiff Person Syndrome
Black and Teal Zebra Print Ribbon
Black and White Striped Ribbons
Black and White Striped Breast Implant Illness (BII) awareness ribbon with the words "Breast Implant Illness" printed black on white background.
Blue and Green Ribbons
Blue, Orange, Green and Yellow Ribbons
Intestinal Malrotation - A congenital birth defect affecting the positioning of a person's intestines.
Blue and Red Ribbons
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) awareness ribbon submitted by Josh Ingram, founder and president of the Fill Your Lungs Foundation. The current ribbon for regular pulmonary fibrosis is half red and half blue. This represents oxygenated and deoxygenated blood traveling in and out of the lungs. Fill Your Lungs Foundation used the same colors, but made one distinct change - the symbol of a question mark depicted in red. This alludes to the unknown cause of IPF, the factor that separates it from its counterpart (PF). The design has been widely accepted and used as the awareness ribbon for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - even being published on the cover of a UK edition of "Pulmonary Fibrosis Weekly" magazine.
Blue and Purple Ribbons
Blue and Teal Ribbons
The Spina Bifida Association ribbon color is blue and teal and represents all forms of Spina Bifida including Occult Spinal Dysraphism, Spina Bifida Occulta, Meningocele and Myelomeningocele.
Blue/Purple - Teal/Purple - Turquoise/Purple
Suicide awareness and prevention (also see yellow ribbon).
Bone/Beige Trimmed in Royal Blue Ribbon
Brown with Pink Dots Ribbon
The Persistent Cloaca ribbon is brown to symbolize bowel issues, and the pink dots symbolize occurrence in females only.
Burgundy and Ivory Ribbons
Burgundy and Purple Ribbons
Arachnoiditis - Purple is for neuropathy and burgundy for meningitis.
Cow Print Ribbons
Gold and Blue with Diamond Ribbon
Gold and Silver Ribbons
Gray and Cream Ribbons
Spondylolisthesis Awareness Ribbon - The colors for the ribbon are Cool Gray 10 for the Silver that represents Titanium (the metal used for spinal fusions when having surgery for spondylolisthesis) and spinal conditions. The PMS 726 is the cream color of the ribbon, and this represents spondylolisthesis.
Light Green/Dark Blue Ribbons
Body-focused Repetitive Behavior (BFRB) - General term for related complex disorders including hair pulling, skin picking, nail-biting.
Grey and Burgundy Ribbons
Grey Ribbon with Red heart Ribbons
Hypotonia Awareness Ribbon
Multi-colored with the words "Hypotonia Awareness - One Inchstone at a Time".
Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness
Idiopathic Hypersomnia - Disease characterized primarily by severe excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).
Oral Cancer Awareness Ribbons
Oral cancer ribbon consists of three colors; Lilac which is the universal color of Dentistry or Oral Stomatology, White and Red representing Leukoplakia and Erythroplakia (white and red spots respectively) which predominantly considered as tissue manifestation seen in most of the oral pre-malignancy (cancer) conditions - Awareness ribbon design credit: Arturo P. De Leon, DMD, MAEd, FPPS; Dean of College of Dentistry, Our Lady of Fatima University, Current President Philippine Association of Dental Colleges - Larger ribbons to help spread awareness can be found at: Ribbon 1 - Ribbon 2 - Ribbon 3.
Ivory with Rose Ribbons
The official awareness ribbon color for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is Ivory and also includes a rose picture.
Lime Green with DNA Strand Ribbons
MEF2C Haploinsufficiency Syndrome - Neurodevelopmental disorder associated with intellectual disability, autistic features, epilepsy, and abnormal movements.
Mandibulofacial Dysostosis with Microcephaly
The Mandibulofacial Dysostosis with Microcephaly ribbon is royal blue with a yellow border, and yellow letters MFDM on the left bottom portion of the ribbon. The ribbon design combines craniofacial and microcephaly colors.
Orange and Green Ribbons
Synergy Saturday and Healthy Self - A weekly wellness project and health awareness initiative with free health screenings, risk assessments, giveaways, and health education handouts for poor health and poverty alleviation - synergysaturday.com
Orange and navy-blue ribbons
Human Rights for Family Caregivers Awareness
Orchid and Orange Ribbons
Pink and Blue Ribbons
Clubfoot - A clubfoot, or talipes equinovarus (TEV), is a birth defect. The foot is twisted in (inverted) and down. Without treatment, persons afflicted often appear to walk on their ankles, or on the sides of their feet. Ponseti International Association (PIA) has designated June 3rd as World Clubfoot Day.
Pink Purple and Teal Ribbons
Purple and Black Ribbons
GNA01 Gene Mutation Disorder - The awareness ribbon is colored purple and blue, with the words "Epilepsy" written on the purple part and "Movement Disorder" written on the blue part.
Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (SOD) - Purple/Green Ribbon with the words "Sod Awareness" printed in white on the purple side.
Purple and Green Ribbons
Purple Blue Marigold Ribbons
Purple and Teal with White Stars Ribbon
The Necrotizing fasciitis - Purple and teal with white stars representing those who lost the battle with this disease.
Purple, Teal and Green Ribbons
Medullary Sponge Kidney (Cacchi-Ricci disease).
Purple and White Ribbons
Sarcoidosis - Snowflake signifies no two Sarcoidosis Sufferers are affected in the same way.
Purple and Yellow Ribbons
Quilt Design Ribbons
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) - Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD).
Red and White Ribbons
Red and Zebra Striped Ribbons
Hashimoto's Encephalitis, Hashimoto's Encephalopathy, Non-vasculitic Autoimmune Meningoencephalitis, Steroid-responsive Encephalopathy associated with Autoimmune Thyroiditis.
Red with White Border Ribbon
Chronic Venous Insufficiency Awareness
Rare Adipose Disorders, Dercum's Disease (Adiposis Dolorosa), Madelung's Disease (Launois-Bensaude Syndrome), Multiple Familial Lipomatosis MFL and Multiple Symmetrica.
Red and Gold Ribbon
Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (NAIT) Awareness (NAITP or NAIT or NATP or NAT for short, or fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia, FNAIT, feto-maternal alloimmune thrombocytopenia, FMAITP or FMAIT).
Red White and Black Ribbons
Pernicious Anaemia and B12 Deficiency - Two awareness ribbons are listed for Pernicious anemia, both ribbons are colored red, white, and black. The second ribbon has the words "Pernicious Anaemia" written on the black part, and B12 Deficiency on the red part. Pernicious Anaemia is believed to be an autoimmune disease. Courtesy of Georgia Dent (B12ribbons@outlook.com), Ribbon design is copyrighted.
Red and Yellow Ribbons
Silver and Blue Ribbons
Silver, Red and Zebra Ribbons
Green Lanyard or Ribbon with Sunflowers
The Sunflower Lanyard and Awareness Ribbon is a growing initiative to aid the wearer with hidden or invisible disabilities receive more support in public places such as airports, shopping centers, and transport facilities.
Teal and Black Ribbon
International Association for Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD) Awareness
Teal and White Ribbon
White with Blue Outline
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
White with Navy Stripe
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - (Aran-Duchenne, Gehrig's Disease, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Motor Neuron Disease)
Yellow and Multicolor Ribbons
White Ribbon with Red Spots
Zebra Ribbons (Black and White)
Inclusion Awareness Ribbon
Dr. Joanna Baker-Rogers (Director, Busy Life Ltd, www.Busy-life.co.uk) submitted an Awareness Ribbon design for Inclusion - one that raises awareness of how everyone should be included in everything, regardless of race, ability, gender, etc. She chose the three primary colors, as these are the colors that every other color is made from. Applying this to inclusion means that everyone is included. This is not the same as diversity. Diversity means including marginalized, minority groups. Inclusion means including everyone; for example, non-disABLED people who constitute the majority of the population. The RGB codes are:
How Do I Register an Awareness Ribbon Color or Design?
Awareness Ribbons are not a centralized idea, there isn't really an official place to go to register a design, or color. Currently, awareness ribbons are considered to be in the public domain in most countries, and a simple ribbon of a particular color is generally not considered sufficiently original and creative enough to be copyrighted by a person - or group. However, in a few cases, several particular designs have been granted a special trademark status. E.g. Canada has granted "official mark" status for the pink (breast cancer) awareness ribbons to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
If you are designing your own awareness ribbon and need color ideas, refer to our comprehensive list of HEX and RGB color codes.
How Do I Submit an Awareness Ribbon Color or Design?
You are welcome to submit an awareness ribbon color and design to add to our list provided it meets the following criteria:
- When submitting an awareness ribbon, or design, please provide an example(s) of where the ribbon is currently used, e.g., web-page address, organization etc.
- Do NOT post, or redesign, awareness ribbons that are trademarked - (TM), (R). Some ribbons, including style, color, and design are copyrighted, you should thoroughly research the ribbon design you are wishing to submit to avoid possible copyright infringement.
- To avoid listing several ribbons or designs for the same cause, the awareness ribbon or design you wish to submit MUST be recognized as the most popular one chosen for the cause it represents - Different styles and colors recognized by different countries are OK.
To submit an awareness ribbon, or if you know a ribbon, or cause, we have listed is not correct, or if you know of an awareness ribbon color, or cause, we have missed, please contact us.
Awareness Bracelet Colors
An awareness band, awareness bracelet, or wristband, is defined as a bracelet of various colors on which a slogan is sometimes written, usually sold to raise awareness for charitable causes. These plastic wristbands are available in nearly every color, or colors, and are constructed from material such as silicone, fabric, rubber, or plastic. Awareness bracelets sometimes carry embossed messages demonstrating the wearer's support of a certain cause, or charitable organization. Awareness bracelets generally use the same, or similar colors to awareness ribbons.
- Cancer Awareness: Color Chart of Ribbon Colors for Cancers - List, table and printable chart outlining the colors of awareness ribbons that represent different types of cancer and their causes.
- Mood Colors: Meaning and Associations of Color Psychology - Chart showing various colors, the color meaning and what it symbolizes, for those who may be seeking ideas in designing new colored awareness bracelets and ribbons.
- Calendar of US and International Awareness Days, Weeks and Months - List of U.S. National and U.N. International commemorative observance and awareness days, weeks, months to commemorate medical research or ethical cause of importance.
- Notable LGBT Awareness Dates and Events - List of important LGBT+ community awareness remembrance dates and coming events in respect to sexual orientation, gender identity, transgenderism, transsexualism, and intersexuality.
- U.N. International Awareness and Commemorative Dates - List of International days of observance established by the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
- List of U.S. Presidential Proclamation Dates - List of annual awareness and observance dates including days, weeks and months, as recognized by U.S. presidential proclamation.
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