Diversity & Equity Newsletter

October 2021

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Bullying Prevention Month

What is bullying prevention month?

Bullying Prevention Month focuses on the sources of bullying, teaching kids (and adults) to recognize bullying behavior in themselves, and how to report or stand up to bullying.

What is a bully?

A bully is someone who knowingly or unknowingly repeatedly says or does things to another person to make them upset. Often times, the victim of bullying is someone the bully sees as vulnerable or easily upset.

Why should we talk about bullying?

At least 1 in 3 school-aged children will be or have been bullied. This number goes up if the student belongs to a minority or marginalized group.


Talking about bullying helps kids to recognize when they are being bullied, and know how to ask for help.

What can we do to prevent bullying?

  • Talk openly about bullying. Let kids and adults know what bullying is, how it makes people feel, and how to report it.
  • Keep lines of communication open. Show compassion and caring to your kids/students and let them know it is always okay to tell you how they feel.
  • Model treating others with kindness and respect. Kids are always watching the actions of adults. By treating each other with respect and celebrating our difference, children will see that bullying isn't accepted.
  • Talk about the why, not just the what. When talking about what a person might feel like when they are treated meanly, be sure to not just ask what their friend is feeling, but also to cover why the upset friend is feeling that way.
  • Encourage individuality and confidence. Celebrate your kids when they show who they are. Encourage joining clubs, sports, or groups with similar interests to help gain friends.
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LGBTQ+ History Month

What is LGBTQ+ History Month?

First celebrated in the USA in October 1994 by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson, LGBT History Month was started as a way to recognize and celebrate the contributions of LGBT+ people in history. Rodney Wilson was the first openly gay teacher in Missouri. He chose October as the month to celebrate since the first and second LGBT+ Marches on Washington were in October in 1979 and 1987.


LGBTQ+ people have a long history and have been around as long as humanity, long before labels. LGBT people have been parents, teachers, doctors, farmers, police officers, firefighters, politicians, military members, shop owners, and every other job imaginable. From Alan Turing, the man considered to be the father of modern computers, to Marsha P. Johnson, considered largely to be the mother of the Gay Liberation Movement, LGBT people have more than made their mark on the world.


Take some time this month to look into the contributions and history of LGBT+ people in America and across the world. You can start with some of the links in the reference section of this newsletter! Check out our newsletter from June 2021 for a refresher on LGBT+ terminology!

Isn't LGBTQ+ Month in June?

June is LGBT+ Pride Month, which is different from LGBT+ History Month. June is to celebrate who we are now, whereas October is to recognize our past and learn from our elders. During LGBT+ History month, we recognize the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements. During Pride month we celebrate how far the community has come, as well as the lives of currently living LGBT+ people.
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This theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2021 (NDEAM 21) is "America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion."


In the USA, we observe NDEAM to recognize and celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities to the labor force. First recognized in 1945 as "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week" it later had its name changed to "National Employ the Handicapped Week" in 1965 to be more inclusive. Later still the name was changed to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month" to keep up with current preferred language, as well as make the whole month be recognized instead of just a week.

Upcoming Events

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The Philadelphia Autism Network - Self Advocates (PAN-S) Presents: Life on The Spectrum - Intersecting Identities – Gender & Autism

Wednesday, Oct. 13th, 10-11:30am

This is an online event.

A 2-part series: Workshops developed by Sarah Nannery, Elliot Mumma & Ev Smith


Please join us for the fourth and fifth installment of “Life on the Spectrum: A Workshop Series Developed by and for Autistic People.” for a special 2-part mini-series on Intersecting Identities.


Autism in Women:

Wednesday, October 13th, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM EST


Autism in Women will consist of a brief presentation on Dr. Hannah Belcher’s research on autism spectrum disorder in women, followed by a panel conversation of women discussing their lived experience as women on the Spectrum.


Autism and Transgender Identity:

Saturday, October 23rd, 2:00 PM-3:30 PM EST


Autism and Transgender Identity will consist of a panel conversation of transgender autistic individuals discussing their lived experiences, featuring topics such as identity, navigating transition, healthcare, and the legal system.

Register Here

This button will take you to the registration/information page for the PAN-S Life on the Spectrum two part series on Intersecting Identities - Gender & Autism.

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A Step Up Academy's Holiday Market

Saturday, Nov. 13th, 10am-4pm

520 Meetinghouse Road

Jenkintown, PA

Your one-stop shop for holiday gifts for the whole family!

Check Out These Resources!

Diversity Terminology & Language Glossary

Check out the Diversity Terminology & Language Glossary for current terms and language used to talk about diversity topics. This document will be frequently updated to keep on top of the ever-changing conversations about language usage.

Adults on the Spectrum Panels - Interest Survey

The Diversity and Equity Committee will be hosting panel-style workshops featuring adults on the autism spectrum. Please fill out this form so we can see what topics and questions you might like to have covered during these sessions.

Diversity & Equity Suggestion Box

Do you have a topic or issue for the Diversity & Equity Committee to discuss? Have you found a resource, tool, etc you think would be beneficial to our goals? Do you have any questions or suggestions? This form is anonymous.