October 2021: Disability Awareness Month
One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project
“In 2008, Washington state legislature passed a law declaring October as Disability History Month. Until now, schools have created their own approaches to honor the month. The title of this project is “One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride” because 1 out of 5 people in the United States has a disability, and this resource is designed to celebrate the history and identities within this large and diverse community. “One Out of Five” was designed by the Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) in partnership with two local educators, Adina Rosenberg and Sarah Arvey, as a guide for schools to address Disability History Month. OEO has also partnered with Rooted in Rights, the video production team of Disability Rights Washington, to create student voice videos centered around Washington students with disabilities, featured in Lesson 1 and in a separate discussion guide.
“One Out of Five” is designed for ELA classes, but can be easily modified for grade levels, subject areas or virtually learning. This resource can be used during Disability History Month or any other time during the school year. The lessons are designed to be taught in order, but also function as stand-alone lessons and/or activities. Lessons are broken into 5 – 15 min components, and can be used to introduce ideas and vocabulary words on a limited time schedule.”