October is Disability History and Awareness Month (DHAM)
More than a decade ago, a group of youth with disabilities requested that Virginia officially recognize October as Disability History and Awareness Month (DHAM). These dedicated youth also developed a credo:
“Disability history education and awareness will promote positive attitudes in schools creating a culture of mutual respect, understanding, and equalopportunities for all.”
This month, Virginians across the Commonwealth will join with others nationwide to increase awareness, respect, and acceptance for students with disabilities. To facilitate this important effort, youth with disabilities, their parents, and teachers, as well as staff members from the Virginia Department of Education and other partnering agencies and organizations continue to collaborate and develop a variety of resources that can be used to help school divisions highlight DHAM across the state.