Disability Awareness

Ms. Brown's assembly focused on disabilities and in what ways the children can show acceptance.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Year 2B's assembly focused on disability awareness and began with explaining to the children what a disability is and reading the story, 'We'll paint the octopus red" by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen. The story is about Emma who has a new baby brother and finds out he has Downs Syndrome and worries that they won't be able to do all the exciting and fun things she imagined them doing. After speaking with her father she realizes that although her baby brother is different he can still do the same things that she could do just maybe a little slower and not as well. 

When asked in what ways they could show acceptance of others the children were eager to respond with excellent examples. They stated, they could show their acceptance by helping someone in need, playing with them, being kind, and simply smiling at someone to show you care and accept them.

Next volunteers were chosen to display how challenging everyday tasks can be for those with disabiities. One volunteer was hearing impaired and did not hear the directions, the second one had cerebal palsy and wore gloves to mimic the effects of muscle and motor skill difficulty, the third was visually impaired and was unable to see, the fourth volunteer was dsylexic and had to write everything backwards, the fifth volunteer did not have the use of their hands, and the last volunteer had no disabilities. While completing the exercise the children got to see how challenging and frustrating it was for the volunteers to complete the tasks that we take for granted everyday. The volunteers showed just how well we as humans can adapt to situations even when there are limitations put before us. The assembly ended with the children singing, Good to Be Me, while using sign language.