“Disability History and Awareness Month”

NJEA supports SJR-31 (Weinberg, Ruiz) / AJR-51 (Vainieri Huttle).  This resolution designates October of each year as “Disability History and Awareness Month” and encourages instruction concerning disabilities in public schools.

This bill is an important step towards raising public awareness and respect of the vital role played by individuals with disabilities in our history, in our community and in our schools.  One way the resolution does this is by urging the Commissioner of Education to develop and distribute curriculum guidelines for the teaching of subjects and topics concerning and relating to disability history, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement to each school district in the State and to encourage their adoption.

NJEA members are proud to work side by side with all students - - including students with disabilities - - and help them achieve and prepare to accomplish great things as adults.  The accomplishments of the disability community are an integral part of the fabric of our state and nation and NJEA strongly believes in recognizing this community’s valuable contributions to our society.

NJEA urges you to vote “yes” on this joint resolution.