Disability Awareness Month and Dyslexia Awareness Month
Resources for the Classroom
Dyslexia Awareness resources:
Oct 2020 Gov. Polis Proclamation of Dyslexia Awareness Month
Disability Awareness resources:
Disability Awareness Video: Arts and PE Department - Arts & PE Instructional Specialists video talking about the importance of students with disabilities having access to arts and physical education!
Singer with Autism wins America's Got Talent - Research, articles, lessons, performances.
Resources for Adapting Music lessons and classes for students with Special Needs - Planning documents, graphic organizers in a frameworks for Universal Design, descriptions of different disabilities, ideas how to adapt music classes, music lessons, and music activities
ArtsEdge - Through the Kennedy Arts Center. Provides videos, lessons and unit plans and performances for all arts content areas that covers a wide array of topics, themes and cultures. Also provides cross content material as well.
Special Olympics Inclusion Library - Hub for books for all ages about disability inclusion and awareness.
National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability - The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for people with disability.
National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability - Guide - specific to inclusive Physical Education
Disability Awareness Activity Packet - Some activity examples for helping students become more aware of certain disabilities and develop empathy.
Fittest One Armed Man on Earth - Logan Aldridge - discusses his life and situation, along with the mentality to have when working with individuals with disabilities.
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 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.
Calling for Student 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.