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Subject: Disability History and Awareness: A Resource Guide for Missouri

Source: Stephen Barr, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Administrators, Directors of Special Education, Special Education Contacts

Date: July 3, 2012

Last year, the Missouri legislature passed House Bill 555, which authorized school boards to require the provision of disability history and awareness instruction in public schools during the month of October of each year.  It further required the month of October to be designated "Disability History and Awareness Month."

The statute (162.946) provides that the department may identify and adopt preliminary guidelines for each district school board to use to develop curriculum that incorporates goals for disability history and awareness instruction.  The Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (MOCASE) developed a resource guide to provide curricular materials and districts can choose to use it in whole or in part if their board requires disability awareness instruction. 

The Disability History and Awareness: A Resource Guide for Missouri has been revised and is available to help districts implement activities in October for Disability History and Awareness Month.  The Guide is available at http://dese.mo.gov/se/documents/se-admin-modishistresguide.pdf.