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Did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Even though we’re talking about honoring the month, you don’t have to wait for the designation to incorporate disability awareness into your learning!
What Is Disability Awareness Month?
Disability Awareness Month is a “time to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”
According to the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts:
NDEAM’s roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year ‘National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.’
In 1962, the word ‘physically’ was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.
In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to ‘National Disability Employment Awareness Month.’
Each year, NDEAM assigns a different theme for disability awareness. For example, the 2017 NDEAM theme was Inclusion Drives Innovation.
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Disability Awareness Homeschool Lesson Plans and Activities
• Learn about disabilities in American history
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• Learn about famous people with disabilities
• Do the How do People With Disabilities Function on a Daily Basis? lesson plan
• Make a Braille Matching Game
• Perform a What’s Cerebral Palsy Like? activity