July 26th

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. Throughout the year the ADA National Network recognizes this landmark event and the important work to promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

Music Within

(U.S. 1945 – 1991; Health (disabilities; effects of early-life trauma); SEL: Disabilities; Work/Career; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Citizenship) [14+]

Happy Feet

Talking and Playing for Growth

(SEL: Friendship; Courage; Self-Esteem; Disabilities; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Respect; Caring) [5 – 8]


(U.S. History 1812- 1865; African-American; Maryland; SEL: Human Rights; Female Role Model; Breaking Out; Courage; Disabilities; Moral/Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [13+]

The Miracle Worker

(Disabilities; Female Role Model; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: Biography/Keller; U.S./1865 – 1913) [10+]

Warm Springs

(Courage; Disabilities; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subject: U.S./1913 – 1929; Biography; Georgia) [12+]

Dear Frankie

(Health, Literature; SEL: Disabilities, Mother/Son; Ethical: Trustworthiness; Caring) [12+]

Date Specific

Independence Day

4th of July

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776.

Every person will have what they feel is most wonderful about the United States.  For some, it is the story of economic improvement, for others, it is immigration, for others it is winning, with our allies, the Second World War, for others it is the Civil Rights movement. So, look through the U.S. History and Culture Index and take your pick.

Historical Birthdays

Solomon Northup

July 10, 1808

Solomon Northup was an American abolitionist and the primary author of the memoir Twelve Years a Slave. A free-born African American from New York, he was the son of a freed slave and a free man of color. A farmer and a professional violinist, Northup had been a landowner in Hebron, New York.

12 Years a Slave

(U.S./1812 – 1865; Literature/U.S. (Slave Narrative); Biography; SEL: Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect) [15+]

Paul Taylor

July 29, 1930

Paul Belville Taylor Jr. was an American dancer and choreographer. He was among the last living members of the third generation of America’s modern dance artists. He founded the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1954 in New York City.


(Biography (Taylor); Dance; SEL: Talent; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [12+]