Peers make the most impact on the success of a child in the general education setting. It is so important that peers are aware of the challenges that students with special needs face. The best way to accomplish this is through awareness activities.
Diverse Abilities Day is an immersive experience for students to "walk in another's shoes" and experience what it is like to have a variety of challenges. Students rotate through stations such as Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Vision Impairment, Diabetes, Limb Differences, and many more.
Each campus selects stations that best represent their student population, even inviting students &.or adults with those differences to present about their experiences. In fact, we've found it to be most impactful when students are able to learn from the person with that challenge. It is also beneficial for parents, grandparents, or siblings to share about their loved ones' differences.
This year brings new challenges for keeping everyone safe and healthy, but also presents an opportunity to grow this program! We would love for you to share a video of your child's story that can be shared with students. We are so excited or the possibility of creating more lightbulb moments, more inclusion, and more desire to learn about those who experience life a bit differently.
For more information or to share your child's story, please reach out to Kimberly Goushey, In-Home/Parent Trainer: firstname.lastname@example.org.