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October is Disability History and Awareness Month (DHAM)


Through the action of a committed group of youth with disabilities, Virginia has recognized October as Disability History and Awareness Month and the Youth Credo: Disability history education and awareness will promote positive attitudes in schools creating a culture of mutual respect, understanding, and equal opportunities for all. VDOE, in partnership with various organizations continue to develop resources that can be used to highlight DHAM in Virginia.

Staff members from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, the Virginia Commonwealth University Partnership for People with Disabilities (VCU), the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), and the VDOE’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers (TTAC), continue to develop a variety of resources that can be used to promote and highlight DHAM in Virginia. These resources can be found at the following websites: Center for Disability Leadership; Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (Training Programs); A Life 4 Me; I'm Determined and also look for History of Disability; and PEATC Youth Advisory Board.


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