Disability Awareness Activities

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Teachers, use this lesson plan to increase disability awareness. Students will be able to identify equipment and services available at their school, discuss laws for individuals with disabilities, and learn strategies to increase tolerance of their needs.

Disability Awareness Activities

Individual with disabilities desire respect for their abilities, want to be treated fairly, and given ample opportunities. The following activities explores how individuals with disabilities utilize equipment and services to enhance their abilities. Students will also review two federal laws to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination. They'll also learn how to increase tolerance by exploring various tools and techniques.

Equipment and Services for Students with Disabilities

Students will complete a tour of their school and identify specific equipment for students with disabilities or complete an interview with administration to discuss specific services for this population.

Materials

  • Clipboards
  • Paper
  • Pencils

Instructions

  • Prior to this activity, select one or two administrators (principal, assistant principal, or a counselor) for students to interview. You may also want to secure chaperones for the tour (optional).
  • Begin the activity by dividing the class into six groups:
    • Girls bathroom
    • Boys bathroom
    • Library
    • Outside of school
    • Inside of school
    • Interviewer
  • Now share with students that based on their assignment they are going on a tour to identify equipment the school provides for students with disabilities or interview administrator (s) about the available services.
  • Distribute a clip board to each student and allow students to complete their assignments.
  • Students may need chaperones, depending on their age and level of maturity.
  • After all groups are finished, reconvene the class and allow each group to discuss their findings.

Disability Laws

Students will explore two main federal laws ensuring individuals with disabilities are treated fairly and are not met with discriminatory practices.

Materials

  • Computer with internet and projector capabilities
  • Two short videos of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Personal devices with internet connectivity
  • Poster boards
  • Markers

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