October is

Disability History Month

and

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

In July 2011, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 555. The legislation made several changes for disability rights and designated October as Disability History and Awareness Month in Missouri.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month’s (NDEAM) theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” NDEAM is observed each October. It is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

In honor of the disability rights movement, a series of videos were developed by It’s Our Story, a national initiative to make disability history national and accessible. Here is one of the videos:

Resources:

25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - Classroom Toolkit
Disability History and Awareness Guide
Disability History Resource
Everybody: An Artifact History of Disability in America
Museum of DisABILITY History
National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2014 Resource Toolbox
People with Disabilities in Everyday Life slideshow
“Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign
Youth Organizing – Disabled and Proud

Click here to see a listing of October Events celebrating Disability History Month.