Disability History and Awareness Month

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Each October, Virginia recognizes October as Disability History and Awareness Month.
Below is information from the Virginia Department of Education.

Youth with disabilities initiated a campaign in 2009, to have the Virginia General Assembly pass a resolution designating October as Disability History and Awareness Month (DHAM).  These same youth developed a vision statement for DHAM:  Disability history education and awareness will promote positive attitudes in schools creating a culture of mutual respect, understanding, and equal opportunities for all. Youth with disabilities, their parents, teachers, and staff members from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, the Virginia Commonwealth University Partnership for People with Disabilities, and the VDOE’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers (TTAC) continue to meet and develop a variety of resources that can be used to promote and highlight Disability History and Awareness Month in Virginia.  These resources can be found at the following websites:
Center for Disability Leadership (under “Our History”)
Virginia Board for People with Disabilities;
A Life 4 Me; and
I’m Determined.