Diversity & Equity Newsletter
Bullying Prevention Month
What is bullying prevention month?
What is a bully?
Why should we talk about bullying?
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.
LGBTQ+ History Month
What is LGBTQ+ History Month?
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?
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.
The Philadelphia Autism Network - Self Advocates (PAN-S) Presents: Life on The Spectrum - Intersecting Identities – Gender & Autism
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.
Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021, 10:00 AM
A Step Up Academy's Holiday Market
Saturday, Nov 13, 2021, 10:00 AM
520 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA, USA
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