Sunday, March 13, 2016

Disability Awareness Day

Disability Awareness Day:  Over the last few months, KatieTyler and Rachel Petraska, our School Conselors, have been implementing the curriculum, “Changing Perspectives Disability Awareness” developed by Sam Drazin.  This program engages students in real world experiences to help them better understand what it is like to live with a disability, with an objective of inspiring empathy and understanding amongst students.   Last Monday, thanks to our Wonder Team, and all our fourth and fifth grade teachers, their students participated in a day of disability awareness, learning from people with disabilities who live in the community, sharing their lives through a panel discussion.  Later that day, students visited stations in which they “experienced” first hand, what it was like to struggle with a disability.  Stations included simulations such as using noise reduction earphones while trying to hear directions, wearing socks on their hands while trying to button a shirt, etc.  What an eye opening experience for everyone!

experiencing dysgraphia

Hearing impairment 

Sensory issues or students with autism 

Sensory processing challenges

And many thanks to our incredible volunteers!  Their help is so important to ensuring that events like this continue at SCS!

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