What are you doing for Disability History Week? October 9th, 2015

August 6th, 2010 was an exciting day for many YO! Disabled and Proud members. They had been working tirelessly to get the California Legislature to pass Disability History Week. Their hard work paid off, and California became the twenty-fourth state in the country to pass Disability History legislation. The first state to pass legislation was lead by youth with disabilities in West Virginia. 

Although the legislation has been around for five years, many teachers and administrators do not know that it exists. If they are familiar, chances are that don’t know where to go to get disability history resources and curriculum to use in their schools and classrooms. That is one of the reasons why YO! Disabled & Proud has continued to work towards engaging schools by creating new activities and materials that can be used by teachers to effectively teach disability history to K - 12 students with and without disabilities. 

Disability History Week was intended to be a time during the year (the second full week of October) that schools and communities would take the time to learn about the history of the disability community and civil rights movement. It is not intended to be a day or week where we discuss disability awareness. Those sorts of activities can be done at other times during the year. 

Disability History Week is October 12 - 16, 2015. Through our online registration we've heard from a number of schools who plan to engage in Disability History Week activities in the upcoming weeks. We hope that more registrations come in throughout the month. If you're a student, parent, or community member we encourage you to ask your schools how they plan to honor Disability History Week, and invite them to checkout the long list of resources that YO! Disabled & Proud has organized and put online. They can visit: http://yodisabledproud.org/organize/disability-history.php, to view the resources and register their school. 

Since the inception of Disability History Week, YO! Disabled and Proud has not only provided a library of resources for teachers to use, but also a series of posters which includes a different disability history theme that is developed by YO! Members annually. This year's theme is centered on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the youth who have lived the ADA, the #ADAGeneration. The poster looks amazing and can be ordered now at:  https://yodisabledproud.org/yo-store/cart.php?id=381. 

We hope you find our online resources and tools to be helpful. Happy Disability History Week! 

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