WHAT IS DISABILITIES AWARENESS?
Awareness is an understanding of the challenges that people with disabilities
face and how they overcome them. It is usually provided through study and hands
on activities meant to give the person the perspective of person with the
WHY TEACH IT?
life everyone will encounter diversity. People with different cultures,
attitudes, values, etc. Without
understanding all of these different types of people, bad things happen like
fear, envy, prejudice, hate. Only through education and exposure can we truly
understand. When we understand what it is like to have a disability, we know
how to interact with people with that disability. We also develop an
appreciation for how people overcome their disabilities. It changes the way we
think about disabilities.
HOW TO TEACH IT
Awareness is best taught by hands on activities meant to simulate given
disabilities. For example have the scouts try to put on a shirt with one hand
would simulate what a person who is missing an arm would have to go through to
get dressed, or have the scouts try to read a list of words that are all
written backwards can simulate Dyslexia.
NOTE! When teaching disabilities awareness it is important to have fun, without
making fun of the disability. It is also important to teach compassion without
teaching pity. You should not focus on what people with disabilities can’t do
or talk about what that person cannot do, you should focus on what they do to
overcome it whenever possible.
In my Activities
page I have compiled and created a number of activities that can be run to
teach disabilities awareness.
a couple of awards with activities already defined to teach disabilities awareness
Disabilities Awareness Belt Loop and Pin
Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge
having a Disabilities Awareness Night Pack Meeting. They can have a fun meeting and
learn at the same time. With a little bit of prep work in the den they can also
earn the Disabilities Awareness Belt Loop & Pin
Person First | Activities | Disabilities Awareness Night | Belt Loop and Pin | Merit Badge