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Disability Inclusive Curriculum

Disability Inclusive Curriculum

Disability Equality in Education

Disability Inclusive CurriculumThe Disability Equality in Education (DEE) organization is a cross-disability led non-profit organization that initiated efforts to implement a Disability Inclusive Curriculum in schools. Pennsylvania is the first state to introduce the curriculum, which DEE hopes will eventually take place in all schools nationwide.

The ‘Disability Inclusive Curriculum’ will help K-12 students understand that disabilities are natural by embedding representation and lessons  about people with disabilities throughout the general education curriculum, activites and environments.  It includes teaching students about the political economic, and social contributions by people with disabilities.

Nothing About Us Without Us

DEE brings a unique perspective and expertise on disability in to the educational setting because of contributions by their network of disabled people and advocates from around the world. “Nothing About Us Without Us” is the heart of who they are and what they do.

A comprehensive ‘Disability Inclusive Curriculum Lesson Plan Library‘ was created by DEE and is available on their website as a resource for teachers to explore disability in the classroom. The focus is to normalize the idea of disability with all students.

In Pennsylvania

To learn more about the pilot program in Pennsylvania visit Pennsylvania’s Disability Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program. Schools can apply for up to $30,000 in grant funding available through the Pa Department of Education to implement disability inclusive curriculum. Funding will be granted to successful applicants for a three-year period from the date of the award through June 30, 2026. A maximum of $10,000 per year is available to each school entity or nonpublic school entity.  Grant applications are due by May 15th, 2023. There is also a webinar overview of the grants and Q & A’s at 

Support DEE and the Disability Inclusive Curriculum

Artsy colorful paper cut outs of 5 students of diverstiy, two using wheelchairs. Color pencils pointing at the group.
  • Donate with PayPal
  • Send checks: “DEE” 3607 Windsor Drive, Bensalem, PA 19020
  • Help DEE get connected with grants and donors for funding
  • Network with DEE and talk to leaders and advocates in your state
  • Contact DEE
  • Visit the DEE website
  • Join the DEE Education Forum on Facebook
  • Share this initiative with others to help and support DEE and the implemention of Disability Inclusive Curriculum.

Your support can make teaching a ‘Disability Inclusive Curriculum’ to all students in all schools across the nation possible!

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Better Care Better Jobs Act (BCBJA)

Better Care Better Jobs Act (BCBJA)

In March of 2021, President Biden proposed a major $400 billion investment in Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) as part of the American Jobs Plan.

On June 24, 2021, The Better Care Better Jobs Act was introduced to operationalize and expand the proposal in the Senate as  S.2210  and in the House as H.R.4131. The bills would enhance Medicaid funding for HCBS and encourage innovative models that benefit care recipients and direct care workers.

Home care is the most cost-effective, fiscally responsible, and desired setting of care. Americans prefer to receive services and supports at home, but benefits and eligibility vary across states leaving almost 820,000 Americans remaining on waitlists for years.

There is currently a national shortage of Direct Support Professionals to provide support and care to people with disabilities and seniors. Over a 50% turnover rate, low wages, and sustained vacancies, leaves clients with none or inadequate support. 

The Better Care Better Jobs Act (S. 2210/H.R. 4131)  would make key improvements to the Medicaid program addressing both patient and caregiver challenges. 

• Permanently increase the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) by 10% for HCBS.
• Expand HCBS to require personal care services, family caregiver supports, and respite care.
• Address and annually update HCBS payment rates with an opportunity for public input.
• Update and develop training opportunities for the workforce.
• Require a maintenance of effort mandating that new funds supplement and not supplant current outlays.
• Make permanent spousal impoverishment protections for recipients of HCBS.
• Make permanent the Medicaid Money Follows the Person program.


Act Now: Urge your Members of Congress to meet the needs of people with disabilities, their families, and the direct care workforce!

Please support the $400 billion Better Care Better Jobs Act, which will expand home- and community-based services (HCBS) that helps people with disabilities and seniors live with dignity in their homes and communities. It includes services such as help with daily activities, transportation, support while on the job, care coordination, and more.  It addresses the direct care workforce crisis. These services enable people to maintain their independence
and stay active in their communities. 


July is Disability Pride Month!

July is the “Disability Pride Month” in the US. 2021 is the 31st Anniversary of the ADA.

Disability Pride

Disability Pride Toolkit and Resource Guide

The National Council on Independent Living.

What is Disability Pride?

Disability Pride is the idea that people with disabilities should be proud of their disabled identity. People with disabilities are the largest and most diverse minority within the population, representing all abilities, ages, races, ethnicities, religions and socio-economic backgrounds.