Building Compassion How to talk to your children about disabilities and how to support families of children with special needs. Building Compassion Handout
FRIENDS WHO CARE® is designed to help children better understand what it means and how it feels to be a young person with a disability. This educational program gives students the opportunity to learn what is involved when someone has a disability and how they adapt to live life, go to school, or work as independently as possible.The goals of the program are simple: to encourage typically developing children to accept their peers with disabilities as people first and also to find ways to include everyone in school and after-school activities. www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_friendswhocare
Anti-Bias Lesson Plans and Resources for K-12 Educators www.adl.org/education/curriculum_connections/fall_2005/
National Museum of American History – a virtual tour of The Disability Rights Movement exhibit. www.americanhistory.si.edu/disabilityrights
Museum of DisABILITY History – Here you will find various resources for your classroom including lesson plans, glossaries, activities, and educational information. – http://museumofdisability.org/educational-resources/
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have a disability? How does a person who can’t see read? Can a person with a physical disability play sports? If you couldn’t hear, how would you talk with your friends? Do people with disabilities get frustrated, have friends, like ice cream? This web site can help you begin to answer your questions about disabilities.
Online activities for kids. – www.iidc.indiana.edu/CEDIR/kidsweb/
ideas for a school wide disability awareness fair
Understanding Our Learning Differences, Inc. – www.understandingourdifferences.org – developed by the Newton Public Schools.
Tips on interacting with people who have disabilities, a series of resource pages covers the basics, gives terminology tips, and includes closer looks at etiquette for interaction with people who have a range of different disabilities. – www.unitedspinal.org/disability-etiquette/
Disability etiquette according to Easter Seals. – www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_etiquette
For a more in-depth discussion of People First Language – with more examples – you may refer to this excellent resource: www.disabilityisnatural.com/images/PDF/pfl09.pdf
Children’s Literature for Disability Awareness
Books for Kids to Read on Disability Awareness
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