Disability Awareness Month and Dyslexia Awareness Month

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  • Check out more information on Disability Awareness and Dyslexia Awareness. And check out THIS list of classroom lessons, book lists, free movies and more. PLEASE share widely with your teams.

    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. 

    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 willimprove 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.

Call for Submissions: Share Student Work & Art.

  • From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, we will be honoring Disability Awareness Month and Dyslexia Awareness Month. We want to feature how our students are learning about, connecting with, interpreting and honoring this cultural moment through their writing, artwork, music, photos and videos. We’ll share submissions on our website and social media channels at the end of the celebration. Submitted content may be screened for a focus on highlighting the moment and grounding in our vision of equity, inclusion and belonging for all students and community. Please email your submissions to DPSEquity@dpsk12.org by Oct. 29 for consideration.