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.
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.
Please feel free to download, print, and distribute these proclamations widely.
TEXAS, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL DISABILITY HISTORY TIMELINE
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.
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.
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.
This guide is designed to assist youth with and without disabilities to learn about the rich history of people with disabilities
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.
This resource centralizes a number of resources on disability 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 is a national initiative to make disability history national and accessible, with over 1,000 video interviews with disability leaders across the nation.
This brochure describes the Nazi treatment of people with disabilities from 1933-1945.
From the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund web site
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.
From the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
From the North Dakota Centers for Persons with Disabilities