Pennsylvania launches grant program for disability awareness curriculum - Changing Perspectives

Pennsylvania launches grant program for disability awareness curriculum

Our Executive Director, Sam Drazin, was recently quoted in an article about Pennsylvania’s new disability awareness program!

Dive Brief:

  • Pennsylvania recently launched a grant program to seed curriculum programs across the state that highlight people with disabilities who have made political, economic and social differences. The three-year grants of up to $30,000 are expected to be available starting in the 2023-24 school year.

    Sam Drazin, Executive Director, Changing Perspectives

  • Sam Drazin, executive director of the curriculum nonprofit Changing Perspectives, who describes himself as a person with a disability, said what stands out about the disability curriculum program in Pennsylvania is that it is designed for all levels of K-12 and not just older students. Educators, he said, should talk with students about disabilities and differences at the start of their education.
  • “A lot of times, I find schools will use disability awareness as a reactive approach to exclusion and bullying,” Drazin said. “We need to look at disability awareness as a proactive approach for young people.”

Read the full article at K-12Dive

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