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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Disability History Awareness Month

WHEREAS, according to a July 2021 U.S. Census Report, almost 700,000 Virginians under age 65 have a diagnosed disability; and,  

WHEREAS, people with disabilities have made profound contributions to America throughout history, but are often left out of history texts; and,  

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to lifelong learning and the principles of diversity, opportunity, and inclusion for all people; and, 

WHEREAS, educating children and the public about the numerous achievements of people with disabilities and their contributions to American society increases awareness of all of our shared history, values, and societal beliefs; and,  

WHEREAS, beginning in 2009, in response to advocacy by high school students with disabilities, the Virginia General Assembly resolved that October be set aside as an annual, month-long observance of the history of the disability rights movement and commemoration of the achievements of those with disabilities; and,  

WHEREAS, Virginians with disabilities have been successful in reducing barriers they face in employment, healthcare, education, and community living by successfully advocating for changes throughout the Commonwealth; and,  

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth acknowledges these efforts and will continue to implement the vision statement put forth by the youth who advocated for this monthly designation: to create a culture of mutual respect, understanding, and equal opportunities for all;  

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize October 2022 as DISABILITY HISTORY AWARENESS MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.