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.
For more information about becoming an advocate, visit www.missionempower.org.