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It is required that all Washington public schools conduct or promote educational activities that provide instruction, awareness, and understanding of disability history and people with disabilities. The activities may include, but not be limited to, school assemblies or guest speaker presentations. RCW 28A.230.158

October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month

2016 Presidential Proclamation (external link)

Download Pledge (PDF)





Disability Employment Awareness Timeline (PDF)
Disability Awareness Activities Packet (PDF)
Links and student-written profiles of famous people (PDF)
More Links (PDF)

  • “People with disabilities constitute the nation’s largest minority group, and the only group any of us can become a member of at any time.” Disability Funders Network
  • “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr
  • “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin
  • “I have learned that the biggest disability any of may ever face is our own attitudes.” – Jeffery F Walton
  • “Let’s stop “tolerating” or “accepting” difference, as if we’re so much better for not being different in the first place. Instead, let’s celebrate difference, because in this world it takes a lot of guts to be different.” – Kate Bornstein