“There is something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.” This quote from Robert Half, businessman, is fitting for October Disability Awareness Month, as our state and school district seek to place focus on the abilities and contributions of people with disabilities in North Carolina.
On July 27, 2007, Governor Mike Easley signed into law Senate Bill 753: Disability History and Awareness Month, to increase public awareness and respect for people with disabilities. This bill was signed into law to ensure rich and meaningful learning opportunities were provided for all students about people with disabilities.
In Wake County schools we serve over 18,690 students with disabilities. To support our schools in focusing on Disability Awareness, WCPSS Special Education Services has compiled an array of resources for teachers, media specialists, and administrators. In addition to facilitating a general awareness of disabilities, Special Education Services provides special focus on one area of disability yearly. In 2011 the additional focus is on Down Syndrome.
The resources shared with schools include:
- Media Center display ideas and information created in collaboration with WCPSS media specialists.
- Sample book lists related to people with disabilities (fiction and non-fiction).
- Information on how to search for books about people with disabilities available at each school.
- Several vignettes on people with disabilities which share who the person is and how their disability affected their life.
- Lesson Plans developed for elementary, middle and high school students. These lesson plans provide objectives and explicit instructions on the “how to” for each activity, including discussion, questions, observations to focus on, activities, and printer-ready materials for each activity.
- PowerPoint presentations that can be shared with students and educators concerning people with disabilities and their contributions in our state and world.
- Brochure sharing information specific to autism awareness.
We look forward to you joining us this October, in making the time to recognize the ability in every person.
For more information, please call Special Education Services at 919-858-3141.