One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project

One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project[Image Description: Groups of students sit and stand, talking in clusters. The profiles of the students of different ages, races, and abilities is on a colorful background of yellow, orange, and green. The dominant image is the silhouette of a male student in dark blue reading a book. The title is: One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project. “One” and “five” are spelled out in American Sign Language. At the bottom, Braille reads: “pride” and “history.”]

This teaching resource has been updated as of September 2020 and includes new modifications for virtual instruction and elementary school classrooms, in addition to the original materials designed for middle and high school students. 

One Out of Five was designed by the Washington State Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds in partnership with Rooted in Rights and two local educators, Adina Rosenberg and Sarah Arvey.

Note: Edits will be made first on Google Drive, and updated to the web page afterwards.

This teaching resource revision was made possible by a Unite:Ed grant from the University of Washington's College of Education.

Teaching Resources

Book Resource Guide

Book Resource Guide

Lesson Modifications: Elementary School and Virtual Learning

Elementary Modification Suggestions

Virtual Modification Suggestions

Connections to Current Events: COVID-19 and BLM

Covid-19 and Disability Justice Resources

Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Disability Justice Resources

 Lesson Plans


One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project Overview 

In 2008, Washington state legislature passed a law declaring October as Disability History Month. Until now, schools have created their own approaches to honor the month. The title of this project is "One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride" because 1 out of 5 people in the United States has a disability, and this resource is designed to celebrate the history and identities within this large and diverse community. "One Out of Five" was designed by the Washington State Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) in partnership with two local educators, Adina Rosenberg and Sarah Arvey, as a guide for schools to address Disability History Month. OEO has also partnered with Rooted in Rights, the video production team of Disability Rights Washington, to create student voice videos centered around Washington students with disabilities, featured in Lesson 1 and in a separate discussion guide.

"One Out of Five" is designed for ELA classes, but can be easily modified for grade levels, subject areas or virtually learning. This resource can be used during Disability History Month or any other time during the school year. The lessons are designed to be taught in order, but also function as stand-alone lessons and/or activities. Lessons are broken into 5 - 15 min components, and can be used to introduce ideas and vocabulary words on a limited time schedule.

Introductory Video

Student Voice Videos

Student Voice Video Discussion Guides

Lesson 1 - Intro to Disability

Lesson 2 - Intersectionality

Lesson 3 - Disability History in USA

Lesson 4 - Disability History in WA

Lesson 5 - Allyship and Solidarity

Disability Teaches Us

Disability Teaches Us: Disability and Ableism in Schools History Activity

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One Out of Five: Disability History and Pride Project in the news:

Research That Matters UW article

Podcast with Sarah Arvey and Boris Krichevsky - Transcript