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Students role play what it would be like to have a physical disability. In this instructional activity on acceptance, students listen to the book A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan. As a class, the students discuss similarities and differences in people's appearances and abilities. Students take turn role playing what it would be like to live with a physical disability.
At one time or another, people with physical disabilities may require the assistance of others in the community. Here, they engage in one-on-one role-playing sessions to practice recruiting assistance in the community. They practice asking for help so they will have this valuable skill when they need it in a real-life situation. Note: This is a very important skill to address.
Students read and discuss the history of special education in public schools related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Students work in groups to design ways to modify classroom activities based on the needs of a student with a specific disability. Students present their ideas for modifying activities and assignments to the class.
Students participate in a physical education activity, Mission Possible, where they attempt to steal a jug of jewels. They must successfully overcome five challenge areas to complete the activity. Students develop cooperative problem-solving along with refining communication skills.
Students examine how President Franklin Roosevelt kept his disability out the public eye. In this presidential history lesson, students analyze political cartoons and information from the Roosevelt Library to determine whether or not Roosevelt was successful at keeping his polio condition under wraps.
Students look at pictures from the book "A Rainbow of Friends." They discuss reasons for the title of the book. Students take turns using a wheel chair to play a ball game. They discuss how being in the chair made them feel about the game. Students play a game where some of them are blindfolded and discuss blindness.
Parents and children work together in a community circle to discuss caring for people with special needs. In separate groups, the children sing and listen to a story. They discuss ways people are alike, and ways they are different. Parents take on a physical limitation, and explore the site to determine accessibility.
Students look at the rights and laws created to assist individuals with physical disabilities. For this lesson on fair treatment for all, students discuss symbols that related to people with disabilities. They create a new parking pass for disabled individuals, using their own symbols.
Students discover how people with disabilities have played a significant role in society throughout history. In this language arts and social studies lesson, students design a timeline that shows the inclusion of people with disabilities into society. Student share their completed timelines and discuss how the role of those with disabilities has changed.
Students recognize that everyone is different. In this physical differences instructional activity, students participate in three activities highlighting differences among people. In activity one, students discover differently "abled" dolls and equipment. In activity two, students experience sign language as a form of communication. And in activity three, students equip differently "abled" dolls with wheelchairs and leg braces to dispel stereotypes about people with disabilities.