Inclusive Schools Week

Celebrating Disability Pride Month!

Join us in celebrating Disability Pride Month this July!

Disability Pride Month is celebrated each year in July. Disability Pride initially started as a day of celebration in 1990—the year that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. Disability Pride Month celebrates disabled persons embracing their disabilities as integral parts of who they are, reclaiming visibility in public and interacting fully with their disabilities out in the open, and rejecting shame and internalized ableism. It is a time for the disability community to come together, uplift, and amplify one another’s voices and be heard. 

Fri Jul 12 @ 6:00-7:30pm: Disability Cultural Center Virtual Kick-Off: "A Night of Disability Culture"

Date: July 12

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Virtually (Link will be provided here)

To launch the Disability Cultural Center, we will begin with a program dedicated to celebrating the range of beauty, creativity, and innovation that disability culture brings to San Francisco. Join us for live performances by all disabled artists, the majority of whom are BIPOC. Their work in art, music, poetry, dance, and literature challenges perceptions about disability and instead celebrates the beauty that disabled people bring to our world. We will end the program with a community-wide dance and fashion party. Whether you'll come to our virtual red carpet in your cozy clothes during a pain flare or want to bust out your most couture look, and whether you dance with the movement of your eyes or with your whole body in motion, we're here for it because the opening of the Virtual Disability Cultural Center is cause for celebration!

Wed Jul 17 @ 4:00-5:00pm: All Bodies Bachata Class presented by the Disability Cultural Center

All Bodies Bachata Dance Class | July 17, 2024 | 4:00-5:00 PST | Registration Link.

Access: ASL/CART

For questions and access needs email

This accessible dance class for all bodies will introduce the history and joy of bachata, which originated in the Dominican Republic and has spread worldwide. Instructor Danny Ramirez, a queer, genderfluid, disabled person, will lead this class in English and Spanish. Bachata, a social couples form, will be communal through our virtual Disability Cultural Center space - your partners will be plentiful. Dance on camera or off, whatever feels best for you!

About Danny: Daniela (Danny) Ramirez (they/them) has been dancing for twenty-five years training in jazz, hip-hop, and bachata. They began their bachata training fifteen years ago and started teaching in 2015 when they founded Supernova, a hip-hop bachata fusion duo that later became a dance company in 2017 under their Berkeley-based bachata dance company, La Tormenta Dance Co. La Tormenta focuses on urban and modern bachata, fusing different dance styles into their choreography. Their classes apply these same styles while focusing on connection, body movement, turn patterns, musicality, and timing.

Fri Jul 26 @ 12:00-1:30pm: Café Crip: The Value of Disability Culture

Date: July 26

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: Virtually (Link will be provided closer to the date here)

Cafe Crip will be a monthly opportunity for participants at the SF Disability Cultural Center to come together to talk about important topics within our diverse disability community. Participants will receive readings in advance, but the discussion is organized so that anyone can attend and participate whether or not they have a chance to come prepared. This event is led by Bianca Laureano, a talented facilitator who leads the group through community agreements and access principles to ensure that everyone can be a part of this informal community-building hangout. This month's program will follow our virtual night of Disability Culture on 7/12 with a conversation about the power of disability culture to fight ableism, both internalized and external, and promote disability justice.

Sat Jul 27 @ 12:00-4:00pm: Disabled Portrait Event at SF MoMA

Date: July 27

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Location: 151 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103

This collaboration between the Disability Visibility Project and the SF Disability Cultural Center will be in person at SF MoMA. We will host a powerful opportunity to celebrate the beauty of disabled people by inviting our diverse community to have their photographs taken and visit the museum afterward for free. Too often, getting your picture taken as a disabled person has caused harm, with clueless photographers who pressure their models to hide their disabilities or mask as neurotypical. Even choosing to submit yourself to being stared at through the camera lens can be hard when so many people with apparent disabilities face stares as a part of daily life. Here, our photographer Mia Robinson, a queer trans disabled person, focuses their work on how to celebrate disabled bodies and minds and rewrite the experience of being photographed. Each participant will receive a print of their photo sent to them after the event and snacks and refreshments as we socialize with other portrait seekers on this celebratory day, marking the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with this reminder that we're still here!

For more details and to RSVP, visit SF MoMA Disability Portrait Day.

Inclusive Schools Week Highlights

Check out our Inclusive Schools Week 2023 Recap for more pictures and highlights of the week. 

Image of a green circle with a face and long legs, a short blue oval with a face and 4 short legs, a large yellow furry onster and a square purple robot with a heart shaped face. Text reads Children's Creativity Museum

Thank you Children's Creativity Museum! 

In partnership with SFUSD and Support for Families, the Children's Creativity Museum opened an hour early to host an inclusive celebration. Missed the event, don't worry, all are invited to check out the Children's Creativity Museum Inclusion Mystery Box Challenge to participate in creating art from home. Send a photo of your creation to to be featured in our community garden mural! The Children's Creativity Museum has also compiled resources for SFUSD Teachers to facilitate STEAM activities during Inclusive Schools Week and beyond!


Special Olympics logo & SFUSD logo

Thank you SFUSD PE Dept & Special Olympics

Enormous thanks to our PE Department and Special Olympics Northern California for providing inclusion banners and curriculum and coordinating and hosting Special Olympics Athlete Assemblies in schools across the district.


The words "Holiday Sing Along" in lit up red letters, with candy canes and holiday lights surrounding the letters

So Fun! AccessSFUSD/The Arc Holiday Sing-Along

The Arc Access Program’s 14th Annual Holiday Sing-Along was joyful celebration! This celebration included opening remarks by Senator Mark Leno, a performance by Dr. Wayne, and great attendance by district leaders, students, ACCESS Staff, families, and supporters!


Keep the focus on Inclusion and Sense of Belonging by scheduling an Inclusion and Disability Focused Event or Assembly for your school site:

Inclusive Schools Week Activities & Ideas

10 Easy Inclusive Schools Week Celebration Ideas

  1. Build a Peace Corner in your classroom or school yard. Create a quiet place for students to cool down and take a moment to regroup when they are feeling overwhelmed.
  2. Put up an inclusion bulletin board in your classroom or the school hallway. Hang up pictures of disability heroes or student work on the topic of inclusion.
  3. Talk about Inclusion and Inclusive Schools Week during morning circle and include various modes of communication. For example, use sign language, foreign languages, and augmentative communication supports (including photos, pictures, and assistive technology devices, etc.).
  4. Read Inclusive books with your students that represent all marginalized students.
  5. Extra Credit Assignment: Watch either of the district's virtual events: "Inclusion in San Francisco- From the Birthplace of the Disability Rights Movement to Today" or the Special Olympics Virtual Assembly with Phillip Gonzales and then write a reflection. 
  6. Encourage and help students submit work in the SFUSD Online Inclusive Arts Showcase. Checkout the Inclusive Arts Showcase website for inspiration. 
  7. Check out the Inclusive Schools Network or 30th Anniversary of the ADA celebration guides for resources and ideas for your school community.
  8. Do some of the Champions of Inclusion Activities from the Inclusive Schools Network.
  9. Join the “Spread the Word to End the R-Word” Initiative
  10. Visit ADA30 in Color - a series of original essays on the past, present, and future of disability rights and justice by disabled people of color. Published and edited by Alice Wong, of the Disability Visibility Project

Inclusion Articles and Resources

Inclusion Videos

Check out our Inclusion You Tube Channel for more videos!

Grounding documents: talking about Race & White Supremacy Culture

LGBTQ+ Resources

Click on the links in the PRIDE Virtual Classroom to find a fun music LGBTQ+ Playlist, LGBTQ Heroes choiceboard, virtual library, and more!

Embrace Diversity to Build Safer, More Inclusive Communities 

“Dominator culture has tried to keep us all afraid, to make us choose safety instead of risk, sameness instead of diversity. Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, reveling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community.”    
                                                 —bell hooks, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope

To uplift Transgender Awareness Week, we highlight these resources that emphasize why inclusive education is imperative and how the power of LGBTQ+ visibility fosters positive spaces of understanding and empathy where all students feel visible and accepted.

Visibility is Power by Elementary educator Skye Tooley emphasizes the power of LGBTQ+ visibility in fostering positive spaces of understanding and empathy where all students feel visible and accepted. From Learning for Justice.

Inclusive Education Benefits All Children by Melanie Willingham-Jaggers and the GLSEN Team. In confronting attacks on LGBTQ+ students’ rights to representation and safety in public education, we hold firm to creating inclusive and affirming learning spaces. From Learning for Justice

Advocating for LGBTQ Students with Disabilities - a guide for educators and parents/guardians on supporting LGBTQ students with an IEP or 504 plan

The Trevor Project - 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health


Disability Voices - Quotes from disability advocates

Disability Voices

“Disability is not a brave struggle or courage in the face of adversity. Disability is an art. It is an ingenious way to live.”
-Neil Marcus, actor/playwright

“Disability must be considered within an intersectional framework because it cuts across political, social, and cultural narratives and identities. An intersectional lens challenges the historically white, cisgender, heterosexual understanding of disability to more accurately reflect the narratives as told by lived experiences of disabled people.”
-Sandy Ho, community organizer

“As ‘invisibles’, our history is hidden from us, our heroes buried in the pages, unnamed, unrecognized. Disability culture is about naming, about recognizing.”
-Cheryl Marie Wade, “Disability Culture Rap”


“Staying alive is a lot of work for a disabled person in an ableist society.”
-Alice Wong, editor; Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century


“Overthinking is one enemy of disability etiquette, but so is making assumptions about what a person wants and needs. Of course, individuals with disabilities want to be treated like everyone else, but when we say that, we don’t mean “treat every person exactly the same. We mean recognize our humanity and meet us where we are at.
-Kyle Khachadurian, cohost, The Accessible Stall podcast

Past Inclusion Events

2022 Event Highlights:

  • Keynote Event: "Inclusion in San Francisco- From the Birthplace of the Disability Rights Movement to Today" Presented in partnership with The Longmore Institute on Disability, Support for Families, Parents for Public Schools. Check out our Keynote Glossary & Community Resources to learn more about the Disability Rights Movement in San Francisco and the various resources the city has available through government organizations, community groups, etc.
  • 2nd District PTA 411 Wednesday: Inclusive & Accessible Meetings. Check out the slides and recording to learn more about frameworks and resources to make your meetings meetings accessible!

2020 Bitmoji Inclusion Classroom:

Check out our Inclusion Bitmoji Classroom to learn more about Inclusive Schools Week, Special Education and Disability Heroes!

a bitmoji in a room with a large fish tank, a shelving unit, bean bag chairs, books and other resources.

This page was last updated on July 9, 2024