Saturday, April 23, 2011

Establishing Disability History Awareness Initiatives – A Roadmap for States &Territories

People of all races, classes, and cultures have disabilities. Currently, twenty percent ofthe American public lives with one or more disabilities, and a person may become disabled at any point during their lifetime. Yet despite the number of people withdisabilities in our country, many are unaware of the rich history of the disability movement.

One effective strategy for advancing the rights of people with disabilities is to establish a Disability History Awareness Initiative at the state or territory level. By passing legislation celebrating disability history, state legislatures can help their citizens learn from the successes of past and present disability activists who have worked to make our country more inclusive. Such celebrations enliven people's understanding and appreciation for the diversity of our country and for people with disabilities.


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