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Disability Awareness Month and Dyslexia Awareness Month

Disability Awareness and Dyslexia Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month was established in 1988 by the US Congress. It is an opportunity to “pay tribute to the accomplishments of the men and women with disabilities” (Library of Congress) while also serving as an opportunity for organizations to ensure they are meeting the diverse needs of individuals with disabilities.  The theme for NDEAM 2022 is, “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation” which recognizes the vital role people with disabilities play in making the nation’s workforce diverse and inclusive.

October is also Dyslexia Awareness Month which was formally recognized by congress in 2015 through this Cassidy Mikulski Dyslexia Resolution 275 as a way to spotlight one of the most common language-based learning disabilities that impacts almost 20% of school-age children in the US. 

In 2019, the Board of Education passed a resolution in support of inclusive practices which states that the District commits to ensuring students with disabilities experience inclusive practices in their classrooms and school buildings. It also outlines a commitment to developing a strategic plan that will “improve academic and social emotional outcomes for students with disabilities, eliminate racial disparities, and develop the skills of all school-based and district staff.” 

We recognize this month by celebrating the contributions of our students and employees with diverse abilities, highlight the amazing work our teachers and special service providers do to support students with diverse needs and abilities, and share resources with schools, teachers, families and community members.

Read The Gifts of Disability written by former Director of Special Education, Robert Frantum-Allen, for more information on Disability Awareness and Dyslexia Awareness in DPS.

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