by Sharon Scherbarth
October 2, 2015
October is national Disability Awareness Month. However, the Wakulla County School District puts the focus on an individual’s ability, not one’s disability.
Public Service Announcements and information packets produced by the Wakulla County School District's Exceptional Student Education Department will be used in a variety of ways in the schools to educate students and adults alike about disabilities in recognition of Disability Awareness Month.
Included in information packets are activities to help students better understand individuals with autism, hearing impairments, visual impairments, communication disabilities, physical disabilities and cognitive disabilities.
Posters with slogans such as “Stop the ‘R’ Word” (retard or retarded), “Disable the Label” and “It is Okay to be Different” are being used to remind students and adults to be kind and understanding towards individuals with disabilities.
Athletes from Special Olympics Florida, Wakulla County, are playing flag football with their unified partners this month. Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without disabilities (called partners) on sports teams for training and competition.
Some of these same athletes will also be cooking and serving breakfast to raise funds and focus on disability awareness in the community on October 7 from 8:00 til 9:00 a.m. at the Legacy Café located at the Wakulla County District Office on Arran Road down the street from the courthouse. The public is welcome.
States Superintendent Bobby Pearce, “I applaud our Wakulla educators making the focus on awareness to help everyone in the community understand that people with disabilities have abilities and that their disabilities do not define them.”
For more information, contact Tanya English, Executive Director of Exceptional Student Education and Student Services or Sharon Scherbarth, teacher for students with vision impairments, at 926-0065.