Teach the positive impact people with disabilities have had on technology and add history of the disability rights movement as part of the civil rights movement in curriculum.
The disability rights movement started at the same time other civil rights movements like, the African American Movement and the Women's Movement began. However, it took several more years for laws to be passed that would grant equal rights to persons with disabilities. By teaching the history of the disability rights movement to our children, as part of the civil rights curriculum, we will open doors for inclusion, compassion, better communication and respect for our children with disabilities. Not only that, but how empowering for a child with a disability to learn that their voice matters. That people just like them had such an impact on our society. Persons with disabilities make up the largest minority group and are still fighting for equal rights, today. Disability does not discriminate; it's in every race, gender, sexual orientation and age group. Not only is it natural but, it's inevitable. We will all age and with age come issues with sight, mobility, hearing and cognition. Support this movement and you will be molding how you are treated when you become disabled.
1. Teach our children to have compassion toward their classmates with disabilities.
2. Open the doors for inclusion, better communication and respect for our children with disabilities, veterans and elders.
3. Give equal importance to the disability rights movement as other civil rights movements.
4. Open doors of knowledge that shift us back toward respect for our elders and care for them as a family considering options other than institutions.
5. More Zero Tollerance campaigns, mentoring and programs in school that limit bullying and embrace inclusion and acceptance.