October is Disability History and Awareness Month

Dear Family Child Care, Large Family Child Care, and Early Care and Education and School-Age Center Providers,

There are many children in Delaware child care centers and family child care homes with a disability.  Research has shown that students with disabilities experience greater academic and social challenges than students without a disability.  Children with disabilities experience negative peer interactions which increases the potential for adjustment problems throughout their life unless their peers are introduced to children with disabilities at a young age and become more accepting of their differences.

As a result, the state legislature proclaimed October to be “Disability History and Awareness Month.”  All Delaware child care centers and family-based child care programs are encouraged to provide annually in the month of October instruction and events related to disability history, people with disabilities and the disability rights movement, and the contributions that people with disabilities have made to our state, country, and the world.

If you would like ideas on how to incorporate this discussion into your daily activities during the month of October or would like for the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens (GACEC) to read a book to your children that talks about inclusion of children with disabilities in schools throughout the year, please contact Pam Wier at pam.d.weir@delaware.gov .

We encourage you to help children become aware and accepting of their peers.

The Office of Child Care Licensing

Department of Education

 

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