Reaching students while they are still in school is important because the younger they are the more open their minds will be. I have presented to kids of all ages in a classroom, in an auditorium, and in an afterschool program. All discussions are interactive and include a guest speaker or a film. I can also share, with teachers, a week- long disability awareness unit.
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?