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Diversity Spotlight – October 2021

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Celebrate Disability History and Awareness Month by participating in activities around the state:

Western Missouri

  • The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) hosts the Dyslexia Dash KC from October 2 to October 3. Participation in this race will be offered in person and virtually, and all participants are encouraged to time themselves and upload their times to the site! All funds raised at the Dyslexia Dash fund the teacher scholarships and Learning Ally scholarship accounts. Please visit online to register or sponsor this event.
  • The Down Syndrome Guild (DSG) hosts the Kansas City Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk on October 16. Attendees will enjoy lunch and entertainment for all ages, including pony rides, moon walks, mechanical rides, carnival games, live music, and more. The festivities will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the walk starting at 1:30 p.m. DSG provides support and resources for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Please visit online for more information and to register your team.

 

Central Missouri

 

Eastern Missouri

  • The Arya Foundation presents its Craft Tour 2K21. This event features Swarovski jewelry handcrafted by children with special needs and takes place on October 30-31 at Parkway West High School. All proceeds go back to The Arya Foundation. For more information, please visit the website.
  • Autism Speaks presents the 2021 St. Louis Walk. Autism Speaks is powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and support providers for people with autism. With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you help enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. This special event takes place on October 9 at 8:30 a.m. at the Upper Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park. Please visit online for additional details or to donate.

 

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Diversity Spotlight – November 2021

Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by participating in activities around the state:

Western Missouri       

 

Central Missouri

  • Imagine 18th century life at Osage Village State Historic Site in what is now a peaceful hilltop spot that once was the home of up to 3,000 Native peoples and about 200 lodges. Print a site map and suggested walking tour to enhance your time at this state park located in Walker. Check out the site for directions or further information.
  • Visit Graham State Park, located just west of Danville. A walk in Graham Cave State Park is a walk through ancient history. Artifacts uncovered in Graham Cave reveal that people occupied the cave 8,000 to 10,000 years ago. Please visit online for further information.

 

Eastern Missouri

  • Explore Towosahgy State Historic Site in East Prairie, where visitors can view earthen mounds built by Mississippian peoples living in Missouri. Visit online for additional detail.
  • Visit the only Illinois Indian Village site discovered in Missouri at Iliniwek Village State Historic Site. Visitors can pack a picnic and hike the short walking trial, complete with an excavated Indian longhouse. Check out the site for directions to Wayland or further detail.
  • Discover the Trail of Tears State Park, where thousands of Cherokee peoples crossed the Mississippi River in a forced migration from their native lands to the then newly created Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. For more information or directions to Jackson, visit the site.

 

Statewide

MCHR Contact

Missouri Commission on Human Rights
421 E. Dunklin
P.O. Box 1129
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1129
Phone: 573-751-3325
Toll-Free Complaint Hotline: 1-877-781-4236
Relay Missouri: 711
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TDD)
Fax: 573-751-2905
mchr@labor.mo.gov