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Title: Disability Awareness

Disability Awareness
  • Information for Teachers

Pre and Post Test
  • 1. What is your level of knowledge about the
    various disabilities?
  • very knowledgeable somewhat knowledgeable
  • very little knowledge
  • 2. What is your comfort level supporting students
    with disabilities?
  • very comfortable somewhat comfortable not
    at all
  • 3. What is your level of knowledge of strategies
    to support students with disabilities in the
  • very knowledgeable somewhat knowledgeable very
    little knowledge
  • 4. What is your awareness level of resources
    available to assist you in supporting students
    with disabilities?
  • very knowledgeable somewhat knowledgeable very
    little knowledge

  • Awareness is not the same as emphasis

  • Ask me what I CAN do, not what I cant do

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  • Individuals with such disabilities often have
    great difficulty with directions and receptive
  • (Sit back to back, one person has picture of
    abstract shape, cannot use names of shapes but
    must describe it and he other person must
    reproduce it)

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Additional experiences
About your experience
  • Were any of the activities frustrating to you?
  • Was it frustrating or embarrassing to not be
    able to complete some of the tasks?

Consider motivation of behaviors
  • Frustration
  • Embarrassment
  • Avoidance
  • Attention
  • Receive some type of reward
  • Communication
  • Sensory stimulation

Facilitate access and success
  • Give positive reinforcement
  • Decrease the length of tasks and divide into
    smaller parts
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Keep consistent daily schedule
  • Provide stress balls and other inconspicuous
    items for stimulation
  • Allow for movement

Facilitate access and success
  • Interact with the individual as a PERSON FIRST
  • Break down concepts into small, simple components
  • Teach functional skills to support independence

  • VADSA.ORG Disability Organizations Listing View a
    comprehensive listing of Disability Related
    Organizations across the state and the nation.
  • Virginia Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired
    (DBVI) Enables blind or visually impaired
    individuals to achieve their maximum level of
    employment, education, and personal independence.
  • Virginia Industries for the Blind
    (VIB) Established over seven decades ago as a
    not-for-profit organization offering vocational
    rehabilitation for blind Virginians, VIB is a
    self-funded division of the Virginia Department
    for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI).
  • Virginia Dept. for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    (VDDHH) Operates with the full understanding that
    communication is the most critical issue facing
    persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

  • Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
    (VBPD) Empower Virginians with Disabilities to
    achieve their personal goals, to be self-reliant,
    and to participate fully in their communities by
    strengthening community involvement, building
    advocacy capacity, enhancing service delivery,
    and informing public policy.
  • Department of Rehabilitative Services Collaborates
    with the public and private sectors to provide
    and advocate for the highest quality services
    that empower individuals with disabilities to
    maximize their employment, independence and full
    inclusion into society.
  • Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center is the
    first state-owned and operated comprehensive
    rehabilitation center in the country. WWRC
    provides comprehensive medical, assistive
    technology and vocational rehabilitation services
    to persons with disabilities to help them gain
    increased independence and employment.

  • Voice of the Blue Ridge is a non-profit
    organization chartered in 1981 to help people who
    cannot read newspapers or magazines because of
    physical impairments such as partial vision loss,
    blindness or stroke.
  • Virginia Relay The telecommunications system for
    the deaf and hard of hearing communities in
  • American Council of the Blind Strives to improve
    the well-being of all blind and visually impaired
    people by serving as a representative national
    organization of blind people elevating the
    social, economic and cultural levels of blind
    people improving educational and rehabilitation
    facilities and opportunities cooperating with
    the public and private institutions and
    organizations concerned with blind services
    encouraging and assisting all blind persons to
    develop their abilities and conducting a public
    education program to promote greater
    understanding of blindness and the capabilities
    of blind people.

  • National Federation of the Blind The purpose of
    the National Federation of the Blind is
    two-foldto help blind persons achieve
    self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a
    vehicle for collective self-expression by the
    blind. By providing public education about
    blindness, information and referral services,
    scholarships, literature and publications about
    blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive
    equipment for the blind, advocacy services and
    protection of civil rights, development and
    evaluation of technology, and support for blind
    persons and their families, members of the NFB
    strive to educate the public that the blind are
    normal individuals who can compete on terms of
  • Make a Wish Foundation of America Share the power
    of a wish.
  • The ARC National organization of and for people
    with mental retardation and related developmental
    disabilities and their families.

  • Low Vision Information Center (LVIC) Nonprofit
    organization that helps people with low vision
    maintain their independence.
  • Special Education Resources from the Curry School
    of Education at the University of
    Virginia Information on disabilities categories
    Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Cerebral
    Palsy, Communication Disorders, Hearing
    Impairment, Learning Disabilities, Mental
    Retardation, Serious Emotional Disturbance,
    Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment.
  • Commonwealth Community Trust Established for
    Virginia residents to provide a convenient and
    economical way to have trust funds administered
    for people with disabilities that will supplement
    the benefits offered by entitlement programs.
  • Dept of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and
    Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS) Improves the
    quality of life for people with mental
    disabilities and substance abuse problems by
    providing the very best services possible, at
    minimal burden to the taxpayer.

  • Disability Services Agencies Forms Consumer forms
    for the Department for the Blind and Vision
    Impaired, Department for the Deaf and Hard of
    Hearing, Department of Rehabilitative Services
    (DRS), and the Virginia Board for Persons with
  • The Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy
    (VOPA) helps with disability-related problems
    like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. We also
    help people with disabilities obtain services and
    treatment. All callers receive help with these
    problems. Individuals with problems, targeted in
    our program priorities, may also receive advocacy
    services and/or legal representation.
  • Adapted from DSA, Virginia.gov
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