May Awareness Month – Proclamation Challenge

Proclamation Challenge

What is the Proclamation Challenge?

Join The Ehlers-Danlos Society to help increase awareness of EDS and HSD by taking on the Proclamation Challenge for May Awareness Month!

A proclamation is a formal public statement and an official announcement of EDS and HSD Awareness Month in your local area or state. Proclamations are currently used within the governing framework of some nations and are usually issued in the name of the head of state such as the State Governor. If your country does not use proclamations, head over to our Contact Your Government Challenge.

Make May officially Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS) and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD) Month in your state, city, or other local government by taking part in the Proclamation Challenge!

Every Proclamation requested counts as 5 Acts of Awareness towards the global goal of 150,000 Acts of Awareness this May. Earn Society merchandise in our special May Awareness incentive tiers! 

How do I take part?

  1. Check the status of your country or state below. If your state or local government isn’t listed, then MAKE IT OFFICIAL!
  2. Follow the easy steps below, and use our handy template to request your Proclamation!
  3. Complete this form to tell us your proclamation is in progress.

Here are the most common steps to request a proclamation from a governor or mayor; however, some states, cities, and countries may vary regarding proclamation procedures.

  • Start by locating the appropriate state or city government website
    • USA State proclamation webpages can be found here.
    • Search for state governors here.
    • Search for state legislature websites and contact information here.
    • Search for state legislature schedules here.
  • You may find a tab called “Mayor’s Page” or “Governor’s Page.” Also look for “Ceremonial” or “Forms” on the navigation menu.
  • If you do not see any of these, try using the site’s search feature with the word “proclamation.”
  • Another option is the website’s “Contact Us” link. This area allows you to write a brief message such as: How do I ask the governor to issue a proclamation declaring May 2022 Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month?
  • A staff person will probably reply and email a form to complete. Email the form back for an official signature.
  • If no form is available, use the proclamation template provided by The Ehlers-Danlos Society. Mail or email to the mayor’s or governor’s office along with a formal request from your state or district association.
  • Follow up with a phone call just to be sure your request arrived.
  • When you have requested your proclamation, let us know by completing this form!
  • When you have confirmation that the proclamation has been signed, contact local media to suggest a news item, interview, or photo with the mayor or governor and affiliate representatives.

United States of America

  • Arizona
  • Riverside, California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Ames, Iowa
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Santa Clara, Utah
  • South Carolina
  • St George, Utah
  • Fort Mill, South Carolina
  • Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • Tega Cay, South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Arlington, Texas
  • Crowley, Texas
  • Fairmont Austin, Texas
  • Keller, Texas
  • Tarrant County, Texas
  • Watuaga, Texas
  • Utah
  • Santa Clara, Utah
  • St. George, Utah
  • Virginia
  • City of Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

How do I submit my Acts of Awareness? 

The Proclamation Challenge = 5 Acts of Awareness.  Submitting your Acts of Awareness simple! 

  1. Let us know when you have submitted your proclamation request on this form, attaching a screenshot of your submission evidence. This will help us to move our awareness thermometer closer to the goal of 150,000 acts of awareness throughout May! 
  1. Share your efforts on social media. Social media is a great way to reach people and raise awareness. Be sure to tag @ehlers.danlos in your posts and we will repost and share as many as we can! Use the hashtags #MyEDSChallenge and #MyHSDChallenge

Be sure to have submitted all of your acts of awareness by June 7, 2022, in order to claim your May awareness incentives.