Senator Lou Gentile’s Amendment Adopted Into Law

Designates October as Disability History and Awareness Month


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, Governor Kasich signed into law Ohio House Bill 483, which is a mid-year budget update for the Department of Developmental Disabilities. Included in the bill is an amendment offered by Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) to designate the month of October disability history and awareness month.

“We started with this idea to make October disability history and awareness month after hearing an idea from Terrie Lincoln, a resident of Marietta,” said Senator Gentile. “It is so important to listen to people. I’m glad we were able to work across the aisle to make her idea law.”

The amendment, originally offered as Senate Bill 130, encourages schools in the state to provide instruction and events focused on disability history, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement. Senate Bill 130 passed the Senate unanimously with thirty cosponsors, but had not yet been considered in the House when it was offered as an amendment.

“Teaching our kids the impact and contributions that Ohioans with disabilities have made in our society is part of a solid education. They need to understand that all people matter, and our different backgrounds and abilities make our communities better places to live,” Gentile concluded.

House Bill 483 makes changes for children with developmental disabilities; makes changes to residential and day facilities; expands scope of practice in some areas; and makes an appropriation. Once signed, the bill takes effect in 90 days.