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Disability Awareness Month

Disability Awareness Month

Please join with the TCS Exceptional Children's Program staff in acknowledging October as Disability History and Awareness Month.  We recognize that all individuals with and without disabilities are deserving of respect, and we recognize that all students learn in different ways.   We have the highest expectations for all students, and we know that each child can be successful when we "disable the label."      

 

 

Where did Disability History and Awareness Month come from?

 

In 2007, Senate Bill 753 declared October as Disability History and Awareness Month.  The bill acknowledged that during our lifetimes each of us is likely to come into contact with someone who has a disability or we, as individuals, may become disabled ourselves.  The bill was intended to 

 

"increase public awareness and respect for people with disabilities who comprise a substantial percentage of North Carolina's population, teach future generations that people with disabilities have a rich history and have made valuable contributions throughout North Carolina and the United States, and ensure future generations understand that disability is a natural part of life and that people with disabilities have a right to be treated as individuals above all else..."

 

In fact, the bill reported that in North Carolina alone there were 1,117,577 people with disabilities out of a total population of 8,046,485 (U.S. Census Bureau 2000), and in 2003-2004 the public schools in North Carolina served approximately 193, 956 students with disabilities.