Wednesday, February 28, 2024

HOST YOUR OWN DISABILITY AWARENESS DAY EVENT


I get so excited yearly about my Incapacity Consciousness Day!! It brings a lot consciousness onto our faculty campus, is so life-changing for therefore so many, and it is a lot enjoyable for everybody! I not too long ago posted in regards to the occasion final month and plenty of of you’ve got reached out to me about how you’ll like to host your individual Incapacity Consciousness Day, however do not know the place to start out. So, at present I am sharing with you every little thing you should know to host your individual occasion.  

I’ve six stations. I quantity every station and place a big process card at every station with step-by-step instructions for every process they may full at that station. This additionally makes it tremendous simple in your volunteers serving to out to observe. I exploit clear, plastic picture frames from Greenback Tree for this, however you can too select to tape the numbers and process playing cards on the desk too. 

This is a peek at every station.

College students start this station by having a bit of sandpaper taped contained in the again of their shirt and so they should tolerate it so long as they presumably can.

 College students apply speaking utilizing solely image symbols and different communication units.

The static exercise requires them to speak with their friends and attempt to concentrate on an exercise whereas background noise performs of their ears. You possibly can obtain this by putting it on a radio station that’s simply static.

On this station, college students get to really feel what it’d really feel prefer to have an Mental Incapacity by finishing a German take a look at, the f’s take a look at, and making an attempt to precise themselves with out utilizing any phrases. The mom working this station stated to me upon arrival, “Oh, I do not know German.” And I stated, “HaHa, that is the purpose.” 

On this station, college students attempt studying a jumbled passage that simulates what a toddler with a studying incapacity, similar to Dyslexia, may even see after they attempt to learn. 

 College students additionally full the “Mind Scatter” exercise which challenges them to learn the colour, not the phrase. 

It is more difficult than you assume!

That is all the time a favourite!

College students get to apply signing phrases, learn to signal their title, and attempt to hear and have conversations with cotton balls of their ears.

 At this station, college students study what it’d really feel prefer to have a imaginative and prescient impairment by making an attempt to repeat a blurred passage from the board…

 They study Braille and get to make a Braille title tag.

 They usually select a slip of paper with a drawing process on it and check out their luck at “Blind Drawing.”


On this station, college students see what it’d really feel prefer to have a bodily impairment. 

 They attempt to go up and down steps and sit down with a yardstick taped to their leg.

 One other exercise requires them to open and shut containers utilizing just one hand, and place socks or gloves on their hand and attempt to choose up pennies.


That is non-compulsory, and one thing new I did this yr. Every participant acquired a cupcake on the finish of the occasion. One in all my moms and volunteers made this signal since we held the occasion on WDSD this yr.


Her and I additionally made consciousness ribbons for all the contributors too, however once more that is non-compulsory.

Following the occasion, I gave my volunteers just a little present. It is a observe dice, a $10 Kohl’s present card, and an Autism Consciousness coronary heart pin. Once more, non-compulsory, however I need my volunteers to know the way a lot I recognize them!

I’ve to brag just a little right here! This yr our occasion even made entrance web page headlines. Woohoo! 

And a couple of of the courses even wrote thanks letters to us. 


I get so many questions on this occasion from folks eager to host their very own. Since you will have lots of the identical questions, I’ve posted them right here.

Q: What grades is that this occasion for?
A: I host the occasion for third, 4th, and fifth graders. I really feel that could be a good age for them to start to know college students with disabilities.

Q: What number of college students attend?
A: 156 college students attended this yr from six completely different courses. That included two third grade courses, two 4th grade courses, and two fifth grade courses. 

Q: Do all college students attend directly?
A: No, I break the occasion up into two periods. There’s a morning session and a day session. 

Q: How lengthy is every session? 
A: Every session is 2 hours and quarter-hour lengthy. 

Q: How lengthy is every station?
A: Every station is 20 minutes lengthy, which equals 2 hours. The opposite quarter-hour is for my opening and shutting assertion.

Q: How do you handle the stations?
A: When college students arrive, I depend them off, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6….1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6….and over once more till all college students have been counted off. They go to the station that corresponds with the quantity they got. Each 20 minutes, I blow a whistle and college students rotate clockwise. I clarify all of this to them in my opening assertion.  

Q: The place do you host the occasion?
A: I host the occasion in our gymnasium. 

Q: Our college students eat lunch within the gymnasium. How did you’re employed round this?
A: All college students have lunch outdoors on today.

Q: How did I get volunteers for every station?
A: I ship house a mum or dad letter a few weeks prior. I solely had two mother and father volunteer, so my husband and greatest buddy additionally labored a station, and my two paras labored the opposite two stations. I additionally count on the academics from the collaborating courses to assist out too.

Q: The place are my college students throughout the occasion?
A: My college students are assigned to a station to help with. 

Q: What are the blue and yellow folders every pupil has?
A: On the very first station, every pupil is given a sheet of 12×18 building paper to fold in half and write their title on. They take this from station to station to retailer any actions they full at every station.

Q: The place can I get the desk indicators and actions at that you simply used?
A: All the indicators, duties, mum or dad letters, and printables can be found in my Incapacity Consciousness Day Equipment right here.

Q: What different supplies do I want to collect for the occasion?
A: When you have my equipment, the one different supplies you will want to collect are yard sticks, masking tape, pennies, containers with lids, socks, blindfolds, radio/listening heart, sandpaper, tape, cotton balls, scratch paper and pencils. 

The equipment additionally features a pretest and a submit take a look at that academics may give to their college students. 


I hope you will think about internet hosting a Incapacity Consciousness Day at your faculty to unfold consciousness, promote acceptance, and reduce bullying. The end result is simply superb and touches so many!  

I hope you will discover the knowledge I’ve shared useful when internet hosting your individual occasion! Do not hesitate to put in writing me with any questions you should still have that weren’t lined right here.

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