Disability History and Awareness

Disability History & Awareness Weeks

The School District of Indian River County is excited to support these goals by encouraging families, teachers, and students to engage with the activities, resources, & information included below during Diversity History & Awareness Weeks Oct. 5 - 16, 2020.


Inclusionary Arts Competition

The SDIRC ESE Department is sponsoring an Inclusionary Arts Competition. We are asking students to think about the following quote and what it means to include someone:

“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” -Verna Myers

 Write a poem, paint or draw a picture, or write a song that highlights what inclusion means to you and send it to the SDIRC ESE Director, Matina Pappalardo, by October 16th, 2020. An elementary, middle and high school winner will be selected and highlighted on the SDIRC ESE Website.

The State of Florida Statute 1003.4205 designates the first two weeks in October as Disability History & Awareness Weeks. School districts are encouraged to provide information about disability history in Florida and promote theDisability History & Awareness Graphic awareness of the contributions of individuals with disabilities.

The goals established in Florida Statute 1003.4205  are:

  • Better treatment for individuals with disabilities, especially for youth in school, and increased attention to preventing the bullying or harassment of students with disabilities.
  • Encouragement to individuals with disabilities to develop increased self-esteem, resulting in more individuals with disabilities gaining pride in being an individual with a disability, obtaining postsecondary education, entering the workforce, and contributing to their communities.
  • Reaffirmation of the local, state, and federal commitment to the full inclusion in society of, and the equal opportunity for, all individuals with disabilities.