Ability Awareness Day at Springhill Elementary
October 24, 2017
Did you know that 20-25% of most student populations identify as having a ‘different ability’ or ‘special need’?
For one day, all the students at Springhill Elementary will get to experience what it is like to live with different abilities in various areas through age appropriate experiences and discussions.
Developing a culture of empathy and compassion for diverse abilities not only improves the social environment at school but also promotes greater self esteem in all the students.
Here is the program per grade level with some suggested follow up readings:
Kindergarten: Being a Friend to Someone Different
1st Grade: Why Do We Use Wheelchairs?
2nd Grade: How Words Feel
3rd Grade: Fine Motor Skills
4th Grade: Cutting with Non-dominant Hand and Nonsense spelling
5th Grade: Reading and Writing Difficulties; Autism Spectrum; and Food allergies - Friends Helping Friends
Additionally, all grades will have a meet and greet with Canine Companions for Independence and will learn how these exceptional dogs provide life changing support.