Title:Getting to know us: raising disability awareness in Alberta’s schools.
Corporate Author: Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities
Subject:Education – physically, mentally disabled|split|Disabilities – physical, mental – general
Publisher:Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities
Place of Publication:Edmonton
Date of Publication:2005
This publication grew out of the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities’ (ACCD’s) first-hand experience with the myths and stereotypes that negatively affect the lives of people with disabilities. ACCD is an organization of and for people with disabilities, and our members deal with discriminatory attitudes every day.
With funding from the Alberta Human Rights, Citizenship, and Multiculturalism Education Fund, we’ve enhanced our school outreach program through the development of the Getting to Know Us curriculum. It builds on our existing program by providing lesson plans for teachers to implement before and after a visiting speaker comes to their class and by encouraging more disability organizations to become involved in school outreach.
The goal of Getting to Know Us is to challenge the stereotypical views that some students and teachers may have of us and, as a result, to reduce discrimination inside and outside the classroom. We believe this will be achieved with the following strategies:
» Providing students and teachers with opportunities to meet someone with a disability
» Providing students and teachers with opportunities to ask questions about disabilities in a familiar learning environment
» Demonstrating appropriate language when discussing disabilities
» Identifying and explaining the myths and stereotypes that shape attitudes about people with disabilities
» Identifying ways to create a barrier-free classroom for students with disabilities
» Involving students with disabilities in the presentation, when appropriate