Diverse Abilities Awareness

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 diverse abilities face. We believe an effective 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.

Participating campuses select stations that best represent their student population, even inviting students and 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 program is established for elementary campuses, though it has been successfully piloted at middle school campuses.  

For more information or to share your child's story, please reach out to Kimberly Goushey, In-Home/Parent Trainer: gousheyk@friscoisd.org.