Disability Awareness Day


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Disability Awareness Day

  1. 1. Disability Awareness Day An Interactive Presentation By: Lynsie Pouliot Ed 205-02 Quit
  2. 2. Why be aware? • With every new year, more children are being born with some form of disability. There is at least one child with a form of disability in every school. Educating children at a young age about different disabilities will increase tolerance and acceptance of those who are different. When people do not know anything about specific disabilities, they unfortunately make false assumptions and lower their expectations of what those people can do. This needs to change so everyone can have an equal chance at this world. Quit
  3. 3. Home Page Why be aware? • Autism • Blind • Cerebral Palsy • Deaf • Down Syndrome • Dwarfism • Accessibility for All • Author’s Page • Resources • Quit
  4. 4. Autism •Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder (in other words, parts of the brain are not functioning correctly and it causes a person to have trouble communicating and to relate with others). Autistic boy with assistant dog •Click on the screen to watch a video about a girl with Autism. Quit
  5. 5. Blind •When a person is blind, it means they use The black dots are raised up and the different ways to accomplish the same white dots are not. You feel which thing that a sighted person can do using dots are raised up to tell what letter eyesight. it is. •People also use the terms “vision impaired” or “low vision” in place of blind, because around only 20% of blind people are totally blind. •Most blind people have some remaining H E L O L vision. •To read and write, blind people use the Braille system. It was created by a Frenchman named Louis Braille in 1821. •Braille uses a rectangular cell of 6 dots that are raised and lowered to make letters, numbers, and symbols. Watch a video to see how the blind can tell the difference between Quit dollar bills
  6. 6. Cerebral Palsy Cerebral palsy (CP) happens when a • person cannot control muscle movements in their body, because the part of the brain that controls muscle movements does not work properly CP varies greatly from one child to • another. they can have epilepsies, mental impairments, learning disabilities, and attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or just one of these effects Two-thirds of children with CP will be • mentally impaired A child with CP can live to have a • near-normal adult life Some may require crutches or a wheel • chair to move around, while others can walk on their own An estimated 800,000 people have CP • in the United States Quit
  7. 7. Deaf International Symbol of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Click on the screen to see a video of the alphabet in American Sign Language (ASL) •When a person is deaf (or hard of hearing), it means they do not have the ability to detect or understand most sounds. •A person can be born with hearing loss or it can happen later in life due to illnesses or accidents •To communicate with the world, those who are deaf use Sign Language •Sign Language is when a person uses hand motions to form words and phrases. •They can simply write messages to communicate with others also Quit
  8. 8. Down Syndrome • Down syndrome is a condition that causes delays in physical and learning development • People with down syndrome are more similar to everyone else than they are different • A person can only be born with it, you cannot get it later on in life • 1 baby in every 800 births have down syndrome • People with down syndrome do have many talents and gifts to be recognized Quit
  9. 9. Dwarfism • Dwarfism is when a person is of short stature • They are typically under 5 feet tall when full grown • There is over 200 different kinds of dwarfism • There are no mental impairments connected to dwarfism • Some kinds of dwarfism require corrective surgery, while other kinds do not need any medical attention 10-12 year old dwarf girls Quit
  10. 10. Accessibility for All • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – All public owned buildings must be accessible to all with physical disabilities. • So a person in a wheelchair can access the building, use the restrooms, and use an elevator without any assistance – No employer can deny a job to a person just because they are disabled Quit
  11. 11. Author’s Page • My name is Lynsie Pouliot and I am a Special Education major at Grand Valley State University. After I graduate in April 2012, I will be teaching special education anywhere from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Or I’ll also be able to teach regular elementary classes. Educating everyone that being different is what makes us great, is my goal in life. • Email me with any questions or concerns Quit
  12. 12. Resources www.teachertube.com • www.autismspeaks.org • www.nad.org • www.nfb.org • www.nads.org • www.cerebralpalsy.org • Quit