I get so excited yearly about my Incapacity Consciousness Day!! It brings a lot consciousness onto our college campus, is so life-changing for therefore so many, and it is a lot enjoyable for everybody! I just lately posted concerning the occasion final month and plenty of of you’ve got reached out to me about how you’ll like to host your personal Incapacity Consciousness Day, however do not know the place to start out. So, right this moment I am sharing with you all the things you want to know to host your personal 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’ll full at that station. This additionally makes it tremendous straightforward to your volunteers serving to out to comply with. I take advantage of clear, plastic picture frames from Greenback Tree for this, however you may as well 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 they usually should tolerate it so long as they presumably can.

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

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’ll be able to obtain this by inserting it on a radio station that’s simply static.

On this station, college students get to really feel what it would really feel wish to have an Mental Incapacity by finishing a German check, the f’s check, 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 strive studying a jumbled passage that simulates what a toddler with a studying incapacity, akin 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 at all times 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 be taught what it would really feel wish to have a imaginative and prescient impairment by making an attempt to repeat a blurred passage from the board…

 They find out about 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 would really feel wish 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 decide up pennies.

That is non-obligatory, and one thing new I did this 12 months. Every participant acquired a cupcake on the finish of the occasion. One in every of my moms and volunteers made this signal since we held the occasion on WDSD this 12 months.

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

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

I’ve to brag a bit of right here! This 12 months our occasion even made entrance web page headlines. Woohoo! 

And a pair of of the lessons even wrote thanks letters to us. 

I get so many questions on this occasion from folks desirous to host their very own. Since you could have most of the similar 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 grasp college students with disabilities.

Q: What number of college students attend?
A: 156 college students attended this 12 months from six completely different lessons. That included two third grade lessons, two 4th grade lessons, and two fifth grade lessons. 

Q: Do all college students attend without delay?
A: No, I break the occasion up into two classes. 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 exterior on today.

Q: How did I get volunteers for every station?
A: I ship residence a dad or mum 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 lecturers from the collaborating lessons to assist out too.

Q: The place are my college students in the course of 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 just used?
A: The entire indicators, duties, dad or mum letters, and printables can be found in my Incapacity Consciousness Day Package right here.

Q: What different supplies do I would like to assemble for the occasion?
A: When you’ve got my equipment, the one different supplies you will want to assemble 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 publish check that lecturers may give to their college students. 

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

I hope you will discover the data I’ve shared useful when internet hosting your personal occasion! Do not hesitate to jot down me with any questions you should still have that weren’t lined right here.



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