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 designated month to incorporate disability awareness into your learning because we have 14+ ways to add this to your learning!
What Is Disability Awareness Month?
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), or 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.” It takes place each October and also raises awareness about the issues that workers with disabilities may face.
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 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, with the 2018 theme of America’s Workforce: Empowering All.
About National Disability Employment Awareness Month [VIDEO]
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Children’s Books About Disabilities
If you’re looking for a cute book about a child with disabilities, check out Adventures with a Special Traveler by Marla Murasko. The illustrations are drawn by a teen whose brother has Down Syndrome.
Marla is a huge advocate in the community and the book is about her son Jacob and how he loves to travel.
The book shows how all of our differences make us unique and that people with disabilities can do anything.
After reading the book my daughter said, “I really want to meet Jacob!”
One thing I loved about this simple book is that the author also puts a vocabulary list at the end that describes some terms and concepts, which can be helpful for kids.
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Disability Awareness Homeschool Lesson Plans and Activities
Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a great way help your children understand diversity and differences.
• 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