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TEACH DISABILITY HISTORY CAMPAIGN 2020


Check out the trailer (above) for The Great Fight for Disability Rights, a disability history documentary with a curriculum now available to all Massachusetts teachers through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  

WHAT IS THE CAMPAIGN?

Easterseals youth have created a campaign to #TeachDisabilityHistory focused on educating, and empowering people with and without disabilities to build the most inclusive future. The goals of the campaign are to educate people about why it is important that disability history be taught in schools, as well as to make teachers in Massachusetts public schools aware they can now access the disability history curriculum and documentary; "The Great Fight For Disability Rights."


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July 26th, 2020 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) being signed into law, prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities. This important piece of legislation is a crucial piece of teaching disability history. The YLN plans to build momentum for a public celebration through the social media campaign.

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  • Share why you think it is important to #TeachDisabilityHistory and tag us on social media! @eastersealsMA
  • Let Massachusetts schools and teachers know about the curriculum “The Great Fight for Disability Rights” now available and approved by The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Request access to curriculum materials - click here

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In 2009, A group of students with disabilities from Easterseals MA advocated for disability history to be recognized by local government resulting in General Laws. Section 15LLLLL: "The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the month of October as Disability History Month to increase awareness and understanding of the contributions made by persons with disabilities. Appropriate state agencies and cities and towns and public schools, colleges and universities shall establish programs designed to educate and promote these objectives."
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  • Help us spread the word about why it is important to #TeachDisabilityHistory!

  • With your help we can increase awareness of disability history and lower stigma towards people with disabilities

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