Dear DPS Community,
When it comes to building a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive school district, I believe it’s essential to listen to the voices of those who have been marginalized, as a way to learn from and hopefully improve their experiences. That’s why I am so inspired by the powerful voices of our youth leader interns with the Denver Special Education Advisory Council, featured in this week’s video. As part of their ACE Connect internships, they have delivered a series of community learning experiences to educate their high school peers about both visible and invisible disabilities — with the ultimate goal of increasing acceptance of students with disabilities in DPS.
In October, DPS celebrates Disability Awareness Month. But when these dedicated students presented their work to the Denver Board of Education, they made the case that we should celebrate Disability Acceptance Month instead. Accepting others for who they are and the gifts they bring is central to being a safe and welcoming school district. And we are committed to doing everything we can to listen to and support these amazing students on their way to success both in school and beyond.
Dr. Alex Marrero