October is Disability History and Awareness Month (DHAM)
Over a decade ago, a committed group of youth with disabilities requested that Virginia officially recognize October as Disability History and Awareness Month (DHAM). The youth also developed a credo: “Disability history education and awareness will promote positive attitudes in schools creating a culture of mutual respect, understanding, and equal opportunities for all.”
With the recognition of injustices people with disabilities, of all races and ethnicities, have experienced, and the challenges of COVID-19 and its variants still present, the work has intensified as youth with disabilities, their parents, teachers, and staff members from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Partnership for People with Disabilities, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), VDOE’s Training and Technical Assistance Centers (TTAC), and the many Parent Resource Centers (PRC) continue to collaborate and 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: Inclusion Project, Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (Training), A Life 4 Me, I'm Determined, History of Disability, and PEATC Youth Advisory Board.