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NCHPAD - Building Healthy Inclusive Communities

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2. Disability Awareness Program


In order to promote a healthy inclusive environment, and foster a climate of acceptance and support for people with disabilities, the Inclusion Team created a Disability Awareness Program (DAP). This educational program was designed to teach school age children (ages 7-8) about various disabilities they may encounter in the community.

Goals for the Disability Awareness Program include:

  • To introduce and promote "people first" language and vocabulary related to specific disabilities.
  • To increase awareness that people are different in many ways and the differences should not act as a barrier to friendship and acceptance.
  • To increase knowledge of various types of disabilities such as vision, speech, hearing, motor, cognitive, and behavioral impairments.
  • To simulate different types of disabilities and increase participant sensitivity.
  • To introduce various types of adapted equipment and assistive technologies available for people with disabilities.
  • To promote social acceptance and encourage friendship development.

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