List of awareness ribbon colors and associated causes regarding health and disability - Includes printable awareness ribbon chart.
Awareness ribbons are defined as short pieces of colored ribbon folded into a loop, or representations of such.
Awareness ribbons are used to create public awareness to health conditions and other important issues.
What are Awareness Ribbons?
The use of various colored ribbons is designed to create public awareness to 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, 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.
Many different 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).
How Many Awareness Ribbons Are There?
16 different colored cancer type awareness ribbons.
Disabled World does not guarantee accuracy or legal status of these ribbons and/or their causes. Before using any ribbon colors and/or 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, as well as people often creating different colored ribbons for the same cause, we may have a condition/disease listed several times under various ribbon colors.
Testicular Cancer. There is debate about the color for testicular cancer awareness and ribbons, however orchid, a purple/violet color, has long been recognized as the official color for testicular cancer.
Purple and Silver
Purple and Silver are the colors representing International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). Silver is the awareness color for drug overdose (fatal or nonfatal), and purple is the awareness color for opioid addiction.
Suicide Prevention (Also see Blue/Purple - Teal/Purple - Turquoise/Purple ribbon)
Awareness Symbols Causes and Meanings
Autism Infinity Symbol
The Autism Infinity Symbol is becoming a popular alternative to the puzzle pieces autism symbols as well as a symbol for Neurodiversity.
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".
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
Body-focused Repetitive Behavior (BFRB) - General term for related complex disorders including hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting.
Grey and Burgundy
Grey Ribbon with Red heart
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 Ribbon
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.
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 Ribbon
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
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 Ribbon
Purple and Black
Tracheostomy Awareness - The ribbon is 2 tone with one side being purple and the other black.
Purple and Black
Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) Awareness - Right half of the ribbon is purple and the left half is black.
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
Stickler Syndrome - Also known as hereditary progressive arthro-ophthalmopathy.
Schizencephaly - Purple for epilepsy and green for cerebral palsy.
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
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.
How Do I Register an Awareness Ribbon Color or Design?
Awareness ribbon chart
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/or 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. Eg. Canada has granted "official mark" status for the pink (breast cancer) awareness ribbons to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
How Do I Submit an Awareness Ribbon Color or Design?
You are welcome to submit an awareness ribbon color and/or 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, organisation 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 different ribbons and/or designs for the same cause the awareness ribbon and/or design you wish to submit MUST be recognized as the most popular one chosen for the cause it represents - Different styles and colors recognised by different countries are OK.
To submit an awareness ribbon, or if you know a ribbon/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.
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.
Awareness Dates: Days - Weeks - Months - List of major awareness dates and commemorative observance days weeks and months that focus on health medical and disability research or ethical causes of importance.
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