Local youth and young adults working with Easterseals 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.
1. Download #TeachDisabilityHistory Template
2. Take a picture of you, your friends, and your sign and post to social media! View ExamplesAccess Sign Template
Easterseals youth advocacy and mentoring groups believe the key to a more inclusive future requires that public schools have disability history built into standard curriculum.
The many legislative landmarks of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) are a profound part of American history and greatly shaped our expectations of diversity, equity, and incusion.
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... Appropriate state agencies and cities and towns and public schools, colleges and universities shall establish programs designed to educate and promote these objectives."