Module 2: Disability Awareness

 

Introduction

The ADA has created unprecedented opportunities for people with disabilities to be included in their communities. Today, people with disabilities are an active part of the communities in which we live and work. Many people without disabilities may not be familiar with how to interact effectively with people with disabilities. In order to address this issue, this training provides an overview of best practices for interacting with people with disabilities in respectful and meaningful ways. It also introduces the Americans with Disabilities Act and the impact it and other disability rights laws have had on our culture. This participatory training provides opportunities for discussion and questions about a broad range of disability topics.

 The modules are designed to get the audience thinking about people with disabilities and how they interact with them on a daily basis. Again, they can be paired with content from any topic area(s) depending on the goals of the session.

 

2a. The Many Faces of Disability

Goal: To provide information about the many contributions of  people of disabilities in contrast to common misconceptions of disability

Time: About 20 minutes

Format: May be done as a small group activity or large group activity

Potential Audience: General Audiences, Employers/Business Leaders, and Educators

 

 2b. Let's "Talk" about Disability

Goal: To enhance understanding of challenges faced by people with disabilities in work and everyday life

Time: About 20 minutes

Format: Large group activity/video and discussion

Potential audience: General Audiences, Employers/Business Leaders and Educators

 

2c. Disability in America: The Impact of Social Paradigms and Legislation

Goal: This module explores how perceptions of disability have developed and evolved over time as well as the impact society and legislation have had on creating and sustaining these views of disability

Time: About 30 minutes

Potential audience: General Audiences, Employers/Business Leaders, and Educators

 

2d. Empathy not Sympathy: Interacting Respectfully with People with Disabilities

Goal: To increase awareness of language and behaviors that enable positive interactions with individuals with disabilities

Time: 10-15 minutes

Format: Presentation and brief reflective activity

Potential audience: General Audiences, Employers/Business Leaders, and Educators  

 

2e. Everyone is Different: A Review of Types of Disabilities

Goal: To familiarize participants with a variety of types of disabilities they may encounter when interacting with people in their work or personal lives

Time: 30 minutes

Format: PowerPoint presentation

Potential audience: General Audiences, Employers/Business Leaders, and Educators

 

2f. What would you do? : A Quiz about Interacting with People with Disabilities

Goal: To give participants a chance to think about how they might effectively interact with people with disabilities

Time: 10 minutes

Format: Quiz and discussion

Potential Audience: General Audiences, Employers/Business Leaders, and Educators

 

2g. Just Another Fan

Goal: To encourage audience to avoid assumptions about people with people with disabilities and recognize that people with and without disabilities are more alike than they are different

Time: About 10 minutes

Format: Video clip and discussion

Potential audience: General Audiences, Employers/Business Leaders, and Educators

 

2h. "Are There Wheelchairs in Heaven?"  A Different Perspective on Disability

Goal: To provide participants with a chance to hear how some people with disabilities view their disabilities as part of their identity, rather than as something they choose not to have

Time: 15 minutes

Format Audio clip and discussion

Potential audience: Employers, Businesses, Service Professionals, Individuals with Disabilities, and General Audiences

                 

 2i. About Non-Obvious Disabilities; Legal, Practical, and Human Considerations

Goal: To increase participants' understanding and knowledge of non-obvious disabilities 

Format: PowerPoint presentation

Potential audience: General Audiences, Employers/Business Leaders, and Educators

 

Information Provided by:

Southeast ADA Center

1419 Mayson St.

Atlanta, GA 30324

Burton Blatt Institute

Syracuse University