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Disability Awareness Program ©

This program is designed for grades 5-12 and uses a hands-on approach to help students understand disabilities and chronic health conditions. Students will experience these simulations:

  1. What is it like to have vision impairment such as glaucoma or cataracts? Students will use special glasses to simulate a vision impairment.
  2. What is it like to have arthritis? Students wear heavy gloves and try fine motor activities.
  3. What is it like to have a stroke? Students use only one arm/hand to do several tasks.
  4. What is it like to be hearing impaired? Students use earplugs to simulate hearing impairments.
  5. What is it like to be immobile? Students can ride in a wheelchair and use reachers to pick up out-of-reach items.
  6. What is it like to have a food allergy? Students will be able to sample non-wheat, gluten-free food with no food dyes or preservatives.
  7. What is it like to have a learning disability? Students will attempt to read a paragraph as viewed by a child with a reading disability.
  8. Students will see a video "Don't Laugh At Me" that emphasizes the fact that we are all special, unique and endowed with our own special abilities. This video is part of Operation Respect and McGraw-Hill Publishing.

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