October is Disability History and Awareness Month

Let us see the “Ability” in Others

Annually, during the month of October, each public school shall conduct or promote education activities that provide that provide instruction, awareness, and understanding of disability history and people with disabilities. The activities may include, but not be limited to, school assemblies or guest speaker presentations. ( RCW 28A.230.158).

The legislature further finds that recognizing disability history will increase respect and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities. The legislature further finds that recognizing disability history will inspire students with disabilities to feel a greater sense of pride, reduce harassment and bullying, and help keep students with disabilities in school.”

•More than 1 billion persons in the world have some form of disability. This corresponds to about 15% of the world’s population.
•Just over 1 in 4 of today’s 20 year‐olds will become disabled before they retire.
•There is no other minority that anyone can become part of at any time in their life.

Check out these resources:

Gymnast Without Legs
People you may know
People who inspire
Talk to me
9 Year Old Ezra
Be Aware
We are More Alike than Different
Don’t Limit Me

For more information:
Executive Director for Student Services Jill Iwasaki, 360.383.9221,
Director of Communications Tammy Bengen, 360.383.9207,