One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project

The "One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project" Learning Resource for Disability History Month

Note: The following documents are available as Adobe PDFs and Google Docs. Edits will be made first on the shared Google drive, and updated to the web page afterwards. This teaching resource revision was made possible by a Unite:Ed grant from the University of Washington's College of Education.

The "One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project" Overview 

In 2008, Washington state legislature passed a law declaring October as Disability History Month. Until now, schools have created their own approaches to honor the month. The title of this project is "One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride" because 1 out of 5 people in the United States has a disability, and this resource is designed to celebrate the history and identities within this large and diverse community. "One Out of Five" was designed by the Washington State Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) in partnership with two local educators, Adina Rosenberg and Sarah Arvey, as a guide for schools to address Disability History Month. OEO has also partnered with Rooted in Rights, the video production team of Disability Rights Washington, to create student voice videos centered around Washington middle schoolers with disabilities, featured in Lesson 1 and in a separate discussion guide.

"One Out of Five" is designed for middle school ELA classes, but can be modified for other grade levels or subject areas. This resource can be used during Disability History Month or any other time during the school year. The lessons are designed to be taught in order, but also function as stand-alone lessons and/or activities. Lessons are broken into 5 - 15 min components, and can be used to introduce ideas and vocabulary words on a limited time schedule.

Introductory Video

Teaching Resources

Student Voice Videos

Student Voice Video Discussion Guides

Lesson 1 - Intro to Disability

Lesson 2 - Intersectionality

Lesson 3 - Disability History in USA

Lesson 4 - Disability History in WA

Lesson 5 - Allyship

Promotional Materials and Teacher Planning Tools

Connect with us

We would love to hear where and how you are using these resources.  Join the conversation on Twitter at #OneOutOfFiveDisabilityProject. Please complete the evaluation tool or share your feedback at oeoinfo@gov.wa.gov Subject line: One Out of Five Project Feedback.