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.

SEED (Special Education Enrichment Development Foundation) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization run by parent and community volunteers to benefit diverse learners in Lafayette, California.

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