Youth: How to Become an Advocate

Source: Mission Empower

Activities for Advocates in Training

  • Interview your friends, fellow students or adults with disabilities to find out what kind of barriers they face on a daily basis.
    • Read or watch two or more of the following books or videos to learn more about the experiences of people with disabilities. Share what you have learned.
    • Stuck in Neutral
    • A Ramp to No Where
    • All Cats have Aspergers
    • Billy Broke His Head
    • Including Samuel
    • Max and the Magic Pill
  • Try to experience barriers that people with disabilities face. You could ask your teacher to use this for an activity during class. Examples include:
    • Blind fold yourself
    • Plug ears with cotton or ear phones
    • Tape fingers of one hand together
    • Tie your two legs together
    • Use a wheelchair or crutches without cheating by standing or using your feet.
    • Read all materials up side down
    • Try to communicate without using spoken language.
  • Research using the Internet or the library about how people with disabilities were treated throughout history. What did you learn?
  • Research how people with disabilities are making a difference in their communities.
  • Take the quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Brain storm and write all the words you can think of that relate to disability. Then see if the majority of the words are positive, neutral or negative.
  • Watch a newscast, TV show or read an article in the newspaper to determine the words that relate to disability. How does the media deal with disabilities?
  • Interview your parents or grandparents to find out their attitudes toward and experiences with people with disabilities. Are their attitudes different from yours?
  • Learn sign language.
  • Learn Braille.
  • Complete a survey on the accessibility of a restaurant, business or your school with the accessibility check list. Are there improvements that can be made?
  • Think of ways to make your school, church or community more accepting for all people with disabilities.
  • Ask your school, youth group, girl and boy scout group to invite EAIY to conduct a disability education presentation.

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