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Title: Ability Awareness Week

Celebrating Diversity Overcoming Adversity
  • Ability Awareness Week
  • October 24th October 28th , 2011

Same and Different
We are all the same.
  • There are many ways people are the same.
  • We all eat food, sleep, breathe air, smile, and
    have fun.
  • Can you think of more ways people are the same?

We are all different too.
  • We might have different color eyes, hair, or
  • Maybe we speak different languages.
  • Can you think of other ways people can be

Ability means being able to do something.

We all have different abilities.
  • Some kids are good at sports.
  • Some kids are better at drawing, singing, or
  • Maybe math is easy for you, or maybe you are good
    at reading.

What is a Disability?
  • Disability means having a body part that works

1 in 5 Americans has a disability.
How do people get disabilities?
  • Some people are born with a disability.
  • Other people can get a disability from sickness,
    an accident, or getting older.

Temple Grandin was born with Autism.
  • Temples brain works differently. Learning to
    talk, make friends and express her feelings was
    very hard for her.
  • Having Autism helps Temple to understand animal
    behavior and she has an incredible memory.
  • With help from her family, teachers, and friends,
    Temple went to college.
  • She has received many awards for her work to
    improve cattle ranches.

Erik Weihenmayer was born with eyes that work
  • Erik loves rock climbing and mountain climbing.
  • With help from his friends, Erik is the only
    blind person to climb Mount Everest, the tallest
    mountain in the world, and the tallest mountains
    on every continent.
  • By age 13 Erik was blind. He went to college and
    became a teacher.

Frida Kahlo had polio, then she had an accident.
  • Frida started painting while her body was
    healing. She became a famous painter.
  • Frida got sick with polio when she was a little
    girl. Her right leg and foot were not strong
    after that.
  • Frida did not let polio stop her and went to
    college to become a doctor.
  • Then Frida was in a bus accident. Her body was
    never the same.

Some people get a disability from becoming older.
  • As people get older, their body parts may start
    to work differently.
  • Maybe you have met an older person who does not
    see or hear as well as they used to. Maybe
    walking is starting to be hard.

Disabilities are natural.
  • People all over the world throughout history have
    had disabilities.
  • All kinds of people can get disabilities boys
    and girls, young and old, rich or poor.

Tools help people do what is important to them.
You probably use some tools.
  • At school you may use paper, pencils, scissors,
    glue, ruler or computer.
  • At home you may use a fork, spoon, hair brush,
    toothbrush, remote control, telephone.
  • These tools help you to learn, eat, get clean,
    have fun and communicate with other people.

People with disabilities use special tools.
  • People whose legs work differently may need a
    wheelchair, walker, or cane to move around.

People with disabilities use special tools.
  • People whose ears work differently may use a
    hearing aide or sign language.

People with disabilities use special tools.
  • People whose mouths work differently may use a
    machine or pictures to talk.

People with disabilities use special tools.
  • People whose eyes work differently may use a cane
    or seeing eye dog to move around. They can read
    with their hands using Braille.

People with disabilities are more like people
without disabilities than different.
Just like a green apple is more like a red apple
than different.
We are all the same and different.
Dont be afraid of differences. Learn about
  • Some people feel uncomfortable when they meet a
    person who is different from them.
  • Some people make fun of people who are different
    from them.
  • People might act this way because they do not
    understand the differences.
  • By learning about the differences, you might find
    out that you have something in common too.

Differences makes life interesting.
  • Imagine that you wore the same clothes to school
    every day, you ate the same food everyday for
    breakfast lunch and dinner, you played the same
    game at recess everyday, and you watched the same
    movie everyday after school.
  • Life without diversity sounds pretty boring.

We celebrate diversity at our school.
  • People at our school have different hair color,
    eye color, and skin color.
  • People at our school speak different languages.
  • People at our school have different abilities.
  • It makes our school a great place to be!

When you see a person with a disability,
  • Please do not stare. Nobody likes to be stared
  • Instead walk up and say Hi to them. Introduce
  • A person with a disability wants to have friends
    just like you.

When you see a person with a disability,
  • Dont ask Whats wrong with you? You will learn
    more about the persons difference as you get to
    know them.
  • If you think a person with a disability needs
    help, ask them first.

Use Peoples First Language
  • People First Language puts the person before the
    disability and describe what a person has, not
    who a person is.
  • INSTEAD of saying a person IS handicapped,
    crippled or disabled, Hes Autistic, or Shes
    Mentally Retarded SAY children/adults with
    disabilities, He has Autism, or She has an
    Intellectual Disability.

Dont feel sorry for people with disabilities.
  • Focus on what the person CAN do, instead of what
    they cant do.

Sometimes they can do things that people without
disabilities cant!
  • Disability is Natural by Kathie Snow
  • Same Different Respect for All
  • Disability is Natural
  • People First Language
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