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Each March, Disability Awareness Month is celebrated throughout Indiana. Given that adults and children with disabilities represent slightly more than 19 percent of Indiana’s population, disability awareness is important for all of us.
Led by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, the goal of Disability Awareness Month is to increase awareness and promote independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities. Utica Elementary has been inviting guest speakers to address students and staff about the importance of awareness and inclusion of those with a disability, all month long. The 2016 Disability Awareness month campaign theme is “Inclusion is within Everyone’s Ability,” which reminds us that our lives are so much richer when we open our minds and hearts to those who have different perspectives and experiences.
Charlestown Middle School hosted a “Spread the Word to End the Word” rally put on by the school’s Best Buddies program.