Disability Awareness

  • DPS Disability Awareness

  • Arts

    Content Area Resource Resource Type Link Description Grade(s)
    All Content Disability Awareness Video: Arts and PE Department Video Click Here Arts & PE Instructional Specialists video talking about the importance of students with disabilities having access to arts and physical education! ECE - 12
    All Arts Content Kennedy Center - Very Special Arts Research, articles, lessons, performances Click Here
    All Art Content Areas ArtsEdge Articles, lesson and unit plans and videos, music Click Here Through the Kennedy Arts Center. Provides videos, lessons and unit plans and performances for all arts content areas that covers a wide array of topics, themes and cultures. Also provides cross content materal as well. ECE - 12
    All Art Content Areas Special Olymmpics Books - Inclusion Library Click Here Hub for books for all ages about disability inclusion and awareness. ECE - 12

  • Music

    Content Area  Resource Resource Type Link Description Grades
    All Content Disability Awareness Video: Arts and PE Department Video Click Here Arts & PE Instructional Specialists video talking about the importance of students with disabilities having access to arts and physical education! ECE - 12
    Music Singer with Autism wins America's Got Talent Video Click Here Performance ECE - 12
    Music Violinst with one arm Video Click Here Performance ECE - 12
    Music Guitar player with no arms Video Click Here Performance ECE - 12
    Music Resources for Adapting Music lessons and classes for students with Special Needs Google Site Click Here Planning documents, graphic organizers in a frameworks for Universal Design, descriptions of different disabilities, ideas how to adapt music classes, music lessons, and music activities Teachers

  • Physical Education

    Content Area

    Resource

    Resource Type

    Link

    Description

    Grade(s)

    All Content

    Disability Awareness Video: Arts and PE Department

    Video

    Click Here

    Arts & PE Instructional Specialists video talking about the importance of students with disabilities having access to arts and physical education!

    ECE - 12

    PE

    National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability

    Story (English and Spanish versions) and video

    Click Here

    Story about a boy and his quest to find his friend, Pedro to fly kites at the park. The journey to find Pedro will teach kids about inclusion in physical activity settings.

    ECE - Elementary

    Adapted PE

    National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability

    Website - Disability awareness, tips and techniques working with different types of disabilities and for inclusive physical education.

    Click Here

    The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for people with disability.

    ECE-12

    Adapted PE

    National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability

    Guide - specific to inclusive Physical Education

    Click Here

    ECE-12

    Adapted PE

    Disability Awareness

    Activity Packet

    Click Here

    Some activity examples for helping students become more aware of certain disabilities and develop empathy.

    Secondary

    Adapted PE

    Fittest One Armed Man on Earth

    Video

    Click Here

    Logan Aldridge - discusses his life and situation, along with the mentatlity to have when working with individuals with disabilities.

    Secondary

    Adapted PE

    Resources for Adapting PE lessons and classes for students with disabilities.

    Google Site

    Click Here

    Teacher resources, at home resources, equipment, and more information around Adapted PE.

About Disability Awareness


  • This is an excerpt from "The Gifts of Disability" by DPS Director of Special Education Robert Frantum-Allen.

    Technically there is no disability awareness month — more like a disability awareness year. Many associate the month of October when the Department of Labor’s focus is to make employers aware of the needs of the disabled in the workforce. Many organizations take advantage of this month to raise awareness of a myriad of disabilities and to celebrate the gifts that individuals with a disability bring to society. 

    DPS chose October as Disability Awareness month as a way to continue to celebrate our diversity. The disability community is very pluralistic with some strong opinions on many topics such as “people first” or “disability first language.” Another example is the term disability. While some in the community embrace this term as critical to their identity, others prefer terms such as differently-abled. Much like current dialogue on the terms Hispanic and Latinx, these issues are also pervasive in the disability community as well. Engaging in these conversations will only help us to grow in our understanding. 

    Disability is not biased towards gender, race, political affiliation, creed, etc. The largest minority worldwide is disability, with some of the most atrocious discrimination and poorest employment outcomes. Everybody at some time in their life will have a disability that typically comes with age. The good news is that we can innovate the world when we better understand disability. 

    The curb cut on sidewalks intended for wheelchairs are widely used by bikers, strollers and making deliveries on a cart. Closed captioning intended for the Deaf is widely used in noisy environments, by second language learners learning English and couples who like to go to sleep at different times.  The typewriter that eventually became computers was invented as a way for the Blind royalty in Europe to write. Speech-to-text software commonly used by individuals with dyslexia is enjoyed by drivers who need hands-free texting. 

    I am proud to work for DPS and its never-ending journey towards equity. I am amazed each day as people grow in their understanding of inclusive practices, and the board commitment though the Inclusion Resolution and our partnership with the Equity and Engagement office to make the necessary changes to benefit all students. 

    Robert Frantum-Allen
    DPS Director of Special Education

Dyslexia Resources

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