Understanding Disabilities  (1st/2nd Grades)

This unit is designed to give students a greater awareness and appreciation of individual differences. By exposing students to the realities of various physical disabilities through powerful empathy-building exercises, they are given a sense of the daily challenges disabled people meet. Children have the opportunity to experience what some of the disabilities may be like and meet community members who live with them.

The emphasis is on making both the disabilities and the people who have them very real and personal. This unit puts the spotlight on what people with disabilities CAN do, how they have adapted to every day life and the fact that everyone has unique strengths and challenges. 

9 Lessons (Book, Hands-on Empathy Building Activity and Speaker for each topic listed below)

Visual Impairment

Hearing Impairment

Physical Disabilities