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 sponsored an Inclusionary Arts Competition. We asked 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

Congratulations to our Winners! 

Winner: Paityn Johnston, Sebastian River High School
Honorable Mention: Gabriel Shemo, Sebastian River High School

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.