October is Disability Awareness Month

October is Disability Awareness Month
Posted on 10/06/2020
Disability Awareness Month

The first two weeks of October of each year are Disability History and Awareness Weeks. This celebration was created by section 1003.4205, Florida Statutes. The law encourages schools to provide information about disability history and promote the awareness of the contributions of individuals with disabilities.

One of every five Americans is a person with a disability. A person may be born with a disability, may acquire a disability through an accident or illness, or may acquire a disability simply as a part of growing older. Despite the fact that disability is a natural part of life, people with disabilities have not always had access to equal opportunities. Not until 1975, with the passage of the Federal Education for All Handicapped Children Act (now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), did school-aged children with disabilities have a right to a free appropriate public education.

Florida started its first special education class in 1926 in Jacksonville. Since then, specially designed instruction and related services have expanded throughout Florida. Now, approximately 360,000 students identified as having a disability are participating in Florida’s public education system. Many graduate and go on to postsecondary education or employment.

We are proud to participate in promoting awareness of disability history and the contributions of individuals with disabilities and to designate the first two weeks in October for Disability History and Awareness.

The School District of Palm Beach County serves approximately 40,006 students identified as eligible for Exceptional Student Education (ESE); this includes 9,252 students identified as gifted. Eligible students with disabilities are provided services from birth through age 22. ESE services are available at all public school sites throughout the district. The School District of Palm Beach County is committed to providing exceptional students a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in accordance with federal, state, and local mandates.

In keeping with this philosophy, the School District: 

  • Provides every exceptional student with an appropriate individualized education program (IEP)
  • Offers exceptional students services that are available to every other student
  • Provides placement alternatives that enable students to be educated in the least restrictive environment.
  • Encourages the participation of parents in the educational process
  • Ensures the right to due process and equal protection under the law

The ESE Solution Center (click here) is a forum to address concerns and inquiries to be researched and followed up by District ESE staff. Data collected from this site will be used to drive professional development and technical assistance needs. This Solution Center will facilitate a more collaborative district-wide effort to find solutions more efficiently and result in increased positive outcomes.

Five Moore Minutes is a website with videos dedicated to empowering schools and classrooms to support ALL Learners! Created by Shelley Moore, this website is designed with teachers in mind. As educators, we don’t always have a lot of time, so this website and video series offers resources, research, professional development activities, and inspiration in 5-minute chunks! 

Support Services:

ADA/504 American with Disabilities ACT

Assistive Technology

Florida Diagnostic Learning Resources  System (FDLRS)

Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)

Response to Intervention (RtI)

School Psychological Services

SEDNET

Transition

Eligibilities:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH)

Developmental Delay (DD)

Dual Sensory Impaired (DSI)

Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (EBD)

Established Condition (EC)

Gifted (GIFT)

Hospital/Homebound (HH)

Intellectual Disabilities (InD)

Language Impaired (LI)

Orthopedically Impaired (OI)

Other Health Impaired (OHI)

Physically Impaired (PI)

Specific Learning Disabled (SLD)

Speech Impaired (SI)

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Visually Impaired (VI)

Support Services:

ADA/504 American with Disabilities ACT

Assistive Technology

Florida Diagnostic Learning Resources  System (FDLRS)

Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)

Response to Intervention (RtI)

School Psychological Services 

Transition

 

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