disabilityawareness.doc - Have you ever seen a group of children mocking the way a person with a disability walks Have you ever overheard a child call a

disabilityawareness.doc - Have you ever seen a group of...

This preview shows page 1 - 3 out of 21 pages.

Have you ever seen a group of children mocking the way a person with a disability walks? Have you ever overheard a child call a person with a disability a disparaging name? When children don’t fully understand why a person is different, they often make fun of him or her. It is important for people to understand disabilities. For children, this is especially important because attitudes develop during childhood by watching and listening to peers, teachers and family. The classroom is an ideal place to increase knowledge about people with disabilities and to foster positive attitudes about them. The information contained in this packet provides suggestions for planning and implementing disability awareness activities in your classroom. When creating a unit on disability awareness it is suggested that the following format be used: Step 1: Do activities that show how students are alike and different. Step 2: Teach how to interact with people with disabilities. Step 3: Talk about disabilities in general (what, what, why) Step 4: Teach what it is like to have different disabilities through hands on activities. Step 5: Celebrate the abilities of people with disabilities. STEP 1: Similarities and Differences Activity 1: Similarities and differences Materials needed: large cardboard dolls (cut-outs) wheelchair walker name cards Overview : Children should be gathered in a group around the teacher. The three dolls will be the focus of attention. Introduce first doll as a person named ______________ [suggestions from group] who was born very much like all of you. [add a name tag] Ask children to name similarities in all children (arms, legs, etc.). Ask children to name some differences among all children (skin color, eyes, hair color, and gender). [add hair and eyes to the doll] Have children continue to name similarities. [add name tags, eyes, hair, etc., until all three dolls have been discussed] Name three additional differences in the dolls – 1. Cerebral Palsy (might need support in sitting, walking and talking) TIPS Program, Bavaria DSO, Jan Osier Sources of Information: National Institute of Urban School Improvement, Indiana Resource Center, TEACCH Program Website, and Girl Scouts of America.
Image of page 1

Subscribe to view the full document.

2. Autism (signals to/from your brain are interrupted) 3. Mental disability (might not learn as quickly or as much as you) Ask the children if they know other children who have one of these disabilities. Ask the children to think of other ways in which the children they mentioned are just like them. Most children, for example, like fuzzy animals, music, balls, balloons, playing, hugs, smiles, sitting on lap of mom or dad, visiting grandparents, stories, television, friends, Christmas, birthdays. In other words, children with disabilities have many of the same interests as children without disabilities. They also can do many of the same things and we should never assume they can’t participate in activities.
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
  • Summer '12
  • Staff
  • Girl Scouts of America, Bavaria DSO, Jan Osier, National Institute of Urban School, TEACCH Program Website

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern

Ask Expert Tutors You can ask 0 bonus questions You can ask 0 questions (0 expire soon) You can ask 0 questions (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes