WORD Day Hub

The biggest date in the calendar for raising awareness of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and other childhood rheumatic conditions is 18 March - WORD Day (World yOung Rheumatic Diseases day). 

Join us to help raise awareness that children get arthritis. The aim of WORD Day is to spread the word that young people get rheumatic diseases too, with the goal of encouraging early diagnosis of rheumatic diseases which can make a big difference to outcomes for children. This is a goal that we are passionate about at Juvenile Arthritis Research. We know the huge difference that increased awareness can make. Our #ThinkJIA campaign shares this goal so raising awareness is something we can all do all year round and not just on WORD Day. 

We have created loads of resources sharing important messages on this theme. You can help us by sharing these images and messages on social media. Below you'll find some step by step instructions.  

Step 1:

If you have access to a printer, print out one of our "I'm not too young for JIA" posters and share a picture of you/your child holding the poster. 

Tag us on our social channels (we can only see public profiles) or email your photo to us at kipo@jarproject.org and we'll try to share as many as we can on and around WORD Day. You can use any of the following hashtags to help raise awareness: 




Siblings can get involved too - just print the relevant poster for them. We've also included a blank template you can print and write your own message to help raise awareness that children get arthritis too.

By sending us a photo or tagging us in photos, you are giving permission for us to share them. Please make sure you have permission from anyone appearing in photos. 
Picture of a young girl wearing a WORD Day awareness-raising T-Shirt. Click to go to the WORD Day products page on the JAR Shop.

Step 2:

You can also visit the JAR Shop where you will find WORD Day T-shirts and tote bags, all made with ethically-produced 100% organic cotton, so you can stand out whilst raising awareness. Visit https://jarproject.teemill.com/collection/word-day/ now. WORD Day is all about raising awareness together, not funds for individual charities, so we receive the lowest possible commission on each sale of WORD Day products and all funds from the sale of these products go solely to awareness-raising activities.

Remember - if you are concerned that a child you know may have juvenile arthritis, you can find out more on our #ThinkJIA awareness-raising site at www.thinkjia.org. If your child has been diagnosed with JIA and you would like more information, please see our My JIA booklet.

WORD Day 2023 update

Once again you helped to make WORD Day amazing by getting involved. Thank you to each and every one of you who used our resources, our WORD Day packs and posters, and helped spread the word in your schools, clubs and communities that children and young people get rheumatic diseases such as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. 

You can read our full debrief for WORD Day 2023 here.

WORD Day Archives

Read more about previous WORD Days here

Behind the smile

Both of these

Any age

Any age video



Not the same

Pain, not naughty


She won't grow out of it

Every day is different



JIA need not be limiting


YouTube video


Awareness is everything

What is WORD Day?

What is JIA?

Earlier diagnosis and treatment

Uveitis awareness

Better understanding and support

My classmates say I'm faking it

Reduced stigma and isolation

Feeling less alone

JIA in adulthood