Promoting Respect and Inclusion through Disability Studies
The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI) has been awarded funds to bring the PRIDE Curriculum to Vermont Schools. This K-12 curriculum offers a new perspective built upon the premise that every person, with or without a disability, has the right and responsibility to be a contributing member of society. The PRIDE Curriculum was developed in 2005 by the Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council (VT-SILC). The PRIDE Outreach Project seeks to build on this beginning, and provide support to pilot the curriculum in Vermont schools, starting with 4 schools this year.
Highlights of the PRIDE Curriculum
- Meets Vermont Learning Standards
- Educates students with and without disabilities on disability awareness and the history of disability rights.
- Designed to be integrated into different subject areas, the curriculum connects disability with other diversity and anti-bias education.
- Real life connections as students explore personal ties to the Disability Community.
- Encourages parent, student and community involvement and offers tools and resources to effortlessly accomplish this.
- The PRIDE curriculum applies to a wide spectrum of disability.
- Explores disability as a social experience similar to other multicultural, women's rights, and civil rights movements in America.
The PRIDE Outreach Program at CDCI will pilot the curriculum in 4 schools this year, with 12 additional schools in 2011. Individuals, family members and school personnel who are interested in bringing PRIDE to their local school are invited to contact the project. Interested schools can also download materials for their own use.