Abilities Awareness Week
The Abilities Awareness Workshop is a wonderful hands-on way to give children, teachers and parents an opportunity to experience the challenges that children with special needs meet every day as a result of their disability. Each class rotates through six stations. Areas covered are augmentative communication, hearing, fine motor, vision, mobility and learning disabilities.Contact: Jill Hodges & Stacey Lythgoe
I am a person first
and I have a disability
When you deal with me
treat me just as you would any other person—
with respect and courtesy.
Please look me in the eye,
and speak directly to me, not to my companion.
I am used to living with my disability
but I appreciate your help when I need it.
If I have trouble seeing or hearing or moving easily please remember
that it is my eyes
or ears or muscles that do not work
as well as yours.
Beyond that, I have the same
needs and wants,
hopes and desires
as you do.
I have problems and fears, just like you
but I also have strengths
that sometimes even I don’t recognize.
I need to talk to you about those abilities
and I need you to listen.
But most of all, I need you to remember—
I am a person first!