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Texas Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month

During the 82nd Legislative Session, HB 3616 was passed which designates October as Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month. The bill will encourage public schools and state agencies to celebrate the accomplishments of people with disabilities. During this time, various schools and agencies will have an opportunity to highlight the achievements of Texans with disabilities who made significant contributions to the state. It will also be an opportunity to acknowledge the extraordinary Americans who led the way in the disability rights movement. The bill seeks to increase public awareness of the many achievements of people with disabilities; encourage public understanding of the disability rights movement; and reaffirm the local, state, and federal commitment to providing equality and inclusion for people with disabilities. The bill requires that the Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month be regularly observed by appropriate celebration and activities in public schools and other places to promote respect for and better treatment of people with disabilities in this state.

To that end, the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities offers the following resources to facilitate celebrations of Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month.

 

Photo of the ceremonial signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by President George. H. W. Bush. He is joined by Texan disability advocate Justin Dart.

The ceremonial signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by President George
H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. He is joined on stage by Texas disability rights activist
Justin Dart (right). The Americans with Disabilities Act is a broad civil rights law that
prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. The crowd that gathered to
witness the signing was one of the largest for any signing in White House history.
To see a video of the signing ceremony, visit the ADA Streaming Video Gallery
and scroll to the bottom of the page.

MATERIALS TO PROMOTE THE MONTH

Please feel free to download, print, and distribute these materials widely.

Flyer in English (PDF)

Bookmark in English (PDF)

Flyer in Spanish (PDF)

Bookmark in Spanish (PDF)

PROCLAMATIONS

Please feel free to download, print, and distribute these proclamations widely.

Texas Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month Proclamation 2014 (PDF)

Texas Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month Proclamation 2014 (Word)

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Proclamation 2014 (PDF)

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Proclamation 2014 (Word)

White Cane Safety Day Proclamation 2014 (PDF)

White Cane Safety Day Proclamation 2014 (Word)

TEXAS, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL DISABILITY HISTORY TIMELINE

Timeline in Word

Timeline as a PDF

Justin Dart, past chair of the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities and advocate for people with disabilities.
Justin Dart, past chair of the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities and long-standing disability rights activist. Mr. Dart was instrumental in the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

TEXAS RESOURCES

Disability History in Texas Through 1999 (pdf)

Disability History in Texas Through 1999 (Miscrosoft Word)

A Brief History of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

A Brief History of the Texas School for the Deaf

Lone Star History Links: Texas State Historical Association

Texas State Historical Association Archive (Texas Day to Day)

NATIONAL RESOURCES

Disability History Museum
The Disability History Museum's mission is to foster a deeper understanding about how changing cultural values, notions of identity, laws and policies have shaped and influenced the experience of people with disabilities, their families and their communities over time.

History Through Deaf Eyes
Developed by Gallaudet University, History Through Deaf Eyes is a traveling social history exhibition aligning nearly 200 years of United States history with the experiences of people who are Deaf.

National Consortium on Leadership & Disability for Youth
This guide is designed to assist youth with and without disabilities to learn about the rich history of people with disabilities

PDF of Disability History Timeline

History of the Social Security Act

Photo of U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan was a prominent Texas lawyer, politician, and civil rights activist.  Ms. Jordan developed multiple sclerosis and used a wheelchair in her later years.

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

Disability History: An Important Part of America's Heritage

ADL Curriculum Connections: Anti-Bias Lesson Plans and Resources for K-12 Educators

Center on Human Policies: Disability Studies for Teachers

Disability Social History Project

Family Village
This resource centralizes a number of resources on disability history.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History
This site offers a virtual tour of the Disability Rights Movement Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

It's Our Story
It's Our Story is a national initiative to make disability history national and accessible, with over 1,000 video interviews with disability leaders across the nation.

The New Disability History : American Perspectives (History of Disability) by Paul Longmore and Lauri Umanksy (eds.)

The Disability Rights Movement : From Charity to Confrontation by Doris Zames Fleischer and Frieda Zames

THE CHAIR: Holocaust Memorial to Disabled People

Images from William H. Johnson who was an African-American printmaker who experienced mental illness and was institutionalized for the last twenty three years of his life. (Smithsonian Institution)

Disability History Photos on Flickr

"Handicapped" - from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This brochure describes the Nazi treatment of people with disabilities from 1933-1945.

The History of the ADA: A Movement Perspective
From the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund web site

Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project
The Disability History Project is a four hour documentary radio series about the shared experience of people with disabilities and their families since the beginning of the 19th century. This Web site includes excerpts from the Shows as well as many of the primary source documents - extended interviews, images, and texts- from which the on-air programs were developed.

Parallels in Time: A History of Developmental Disabilities: A Six Hour History of Disability
From the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

Important Inventions Created By or In Support of People with Disabilities

Mythbusters disAbility Datebook
From the North Dakota Centers for Persons with Disabilities