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Disability History and Awareness Month

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Disability History and Awareness Month


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Disability History and Awareness Month takes place during October to increase awareness, respect, and acceptance for people with disabilities, and to bring a greater sense of pride to people with disabilities.

Join FWPS, in centering the voices and expanding the narratives of people with disabilities to support inclusive school communities. Learn more and find additional stories and resources below:

Check out these amazing videos from our FWPS scholars. The Ability Awareness project is a partnership between KBTC and the Federal Way Public Schools Special Education and Employment Transition Program to support neurodivergent youth and disabilities in creating short-form videos that address life skills that all young people need for transitioning to the workplace and independent living. The result was three videos on the topics of:


ETP Scholars’ Presentation at Wildwood Elementary 

Earlier this month, DiscoverU’s Flash Forward Friday was especially powerful for the scholars of Ms. Reymann’s Wildwood Elementary’s K-2 Functional Core Program (FCP) class and a small group of students from The Employment & Transition Program (ETP).

Ms. Reymann reached out to ETP to ensure her scholars would have meaningful and appropriate DiscoverU activities. Four ETP scholars visited Wildwood’s FCP’s class to give a thoughtful presentation they prepared about their hopes, their dreams, and how FWPS’ Employment & Transition Program is helping them reach their goals.

ETP scholars present to 2nd graders at Wildwood for DiscoverU
ETP scholars presenting to 2nd graders at Wildwood Elementary for DiscoverU

“What are your goals?” an FCP 1st grader from Ms. Reymann’s class asked the ETP presenters.

“I want to make music and I want to work with food,” one ETP student answered, then shared a photo of herself—clad in an apron and hairnet—with a full tray of oranges at FWPS’ Central Kitchen and spoke of her employment goals to work with food or children in the Federal Way area.

Another ETP scholar, Beza, used her eye gaze communication device to share about her employment goal to read books at an FWPS elementary school or preschool. Beza will be interning at ECEAP this fall to build her skills and her resume. She told the K-2 students about how she is working with a job coach from Trillium to help her find her first paid job.

“ETP has partnered with King County School to Work program since it began over fifteen years ago. Trillium, ETP’s embedded job vendor, does an incredible job of finding the right job with the right supports,” shared Jessica Lex, Special Education Transition Teacher at ETP. ETP students participate in School to Work during the year they turn 21 and prepare to exit FWPS.

“FCP students will transition to ETP to continue their education when they’re 18-21 so getting a glimpse of ETP on Flash Forward Friday was only fitting! ETP students loved getting to share about how FWPS has supported them,” continued Ms. Lex.

“A partnership with ETP allows my young scholars to envision a bright future as they progress through FWPS programs toward The Employment and Transition Program,” added Ms. Reymann.

This isn’t the last of Wildwood and ETP’s partnership; they’re planning to continue to meet weekly to build relationships, job skills, and powerful employment dreams.

scholars looking at a book
Scholars in front of Wildwood Elementary