National Disability History and Awareness Month

A large, diverse crowd of people.

ESE Students, their parents, as well as district teachers and leadership, were all on-hand at the October Polk County School Board meeting as a proclamation was read for Disability History and Awareness Month. 

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, this is the 29th year passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 that was founded on four principles: inclusion, full participation, economic self-sufficiency, and equality of opportunity for all people with disabilities and aims for equality of all; and

WHEREAS, students with disabilities are of all racial, ethnic, educational, social, and economic backgrounds and are all valued members in Polk County Schools; and

WHEREAS, the Polk County School Board also encourages cooperation between the school system, postsecondary institutions, and the community at large, to promote better treatment and fairer hiring practices for people with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, during the 2019-20 school year, there are more than 14,000 students with disabilities enrolled in the in K-12 system which includes postsecondary schools; and

WHEREAS, early intervention education, education, and employment are vital to enabling students with disabilities to enjoy the rights of citizenship; and

WHEREAS, the Polk County Schools Exceptional Student Education Department value what is important to students with disabilities and their families who are striving for everyday lives no different than other students and to become productive members of society; and

WHEREAS, the Polk County Schools are committed to promoting the four principles of the American disabilities Act to provide instruction in disability history, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement through school curriculum, school assemblies, and other school activities; and

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the School Board of Polk County, hereby proclaim October as:

National Disability History and Awareness Month

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