Senate Bill 130 designates October Disability History and Awareness Month
Columbus, Ohio — Today, the Ohio Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 130, sponsored by State Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville). This bill designates the month of October to be Disability History and Awareness Month. It also encourages schools in Ohio to provide instruction and events focused on disability history, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement.
“It is important to recognize disability history and the contributions people with disabilities have made to our state and country,” said Senator Gentile. “It is especially important to teach our children acceptance of all people without regard to background or ability.”
The idea for this bill was brought forward by Marietta, Ohio native Terrie Lincoln, who advocates for disability rights. She is the owner and board president of Supporters of Disability Rights in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Other supporters of the bill include the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and Disability Rights Ohio.
The bill will now move on to the Ohio House.