Special Education teacher, Ms. Barb Kelp, and her students are selling t-shirts for Disabilities Awareness Month. All proceeds go to the Essential Skills program at Brown County High School.
Each March, Indiana celebrates Disabilities Awareness Month to promote the independence, inclusion, and integration of all people with disabilities. Adults and children with disabilities compose slightly over 19 percent of Indiana’s population according to the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. Not only do the t-shirts bring awareness to Disabilities Month, but the money collected also provides fees for community-based activities to the special needs students at BCHS.
Ms. Kelp sees awareness as a key reason for the project. “Our goal is to bring attention to a variety of disabilities and to help people feel more comfortable [around people with disabilities]”, Ms. Kelp said.”Individuals with disabilities are simply people, just like everyone else. We would love to get as many t-shirts on people’s backs. We would also love for people to stop in and eat lunch with our kids or ask any questions regarding the special needs community they have.”
Shelby York, an Eagle Manufacturing student, collaborated with Ms. Kelp on the design for the t-shirt. Ms. Kelp found an image she liked and asked York to choose the colors, font, and layout that most closely resembled it.
T-shirts can be ordered by filling out the Google Form linked below. Cash or checks are accepted and should be made payable to BCHS. Bring all forms of payment to either Ms. Kelp in room 411 or to the front office. If someone does not want to order a t-shirt but would still like to support the Essential Skills Program, donations are also accepted.