All children deserve to learn in the least restrictive environments. It is helpful for elementary classes to understand and ask questions about disability. Reaching kids when they are young will likely encourage them to treat everyone equally throughout their lives. There are ideas for teachers to encourage students to ask questions and learn more about differences. The result is that we discover similarities are greater.
A program that offers activities in which students experience disabilities is explained below. Reaching students while they are still in school is important because the younger they are the more open their minded will be when they are adults. To receive this contact 484-425-7587.
The week-long unit:
Day 1 – Discrimination: What does the word mean? Give some examples.
Explain why bullying is a type of discrimination.
Day 2 – Sensory and Mobility Disabilities: What are these disabilities?
What are some challenges a person with these disabilities may have?
Consider Reading Writing? Walking? eating, managing at home etc.
Day 3 – Learning Disabilities: Define what this disability means.
Offer an experiential activity in which students:
have trouble reading or spelling words, comprehending words
writing words or math equations solving math problems.
Day 4 – Development Disabilities: Explain that it’s a challenge in which the mind does not grow as quickly as others. Offer some tips for students to better understand. Show a video of adults with disability working.
Day 5 – Emotional Disabilities: These conditions may change a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, etc. over a long time. Define the challenge then ask for examples. How may a person manage an emotional disability?