- By Michaella Maley Collins
The PRIDE Project, a new effort of the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, is reaching out to schools across the state, raising awareness of disability issues. The project uses the PRIDE Curriculum to promote respect and a sense of inclusion in all students. The PRIDE curriculum was developed by the Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC). The Center is currently partnering with SILC to bring PRIDE materials to more Vermont classrooms. Its purpose is to bring disability pride and awareness to students with and without disabilities.
PRIDE materials are available free to interested schools. Resources include K-12 lesson plans that meet Vermont Learning Standards, a network of participating schools and community ambassadors, and updated listings of books and learning tools.
PRIDE staff Deborah Lisi-Baker and Lisa Maynes have been busy this year visiting school throughout Vermont. For more information on the project's activities go to www.uvm.edu/~cdci/pride. Contact PRIDE Director, Deborah Lisi-Baker to learn how you can be involved.