Disability Awareness Day
Today we were visited byJohn McCorkell who led a "Disability Awareness Day." He visited with an aim to shift the way that people with disabilities are seen and treated. During the day we reflected on the meaning of the term "disability." We learned about a range of disabilities:
• Physical disabilities—which may affect mobility and motor skills.
• Sensory disabilities—such as blindness or deafness.
• Intellectual disabilities—such as learning disabilities and developmental delays.
You can find out more about John and his work at www.itsallnormal.com
During the assembly, John shared how he uses his arms instead of his legs to move around, both in his wheelchair and when using crutches.
John told us how some people communicate using their hands instead of their voices.
He spoke about his disability, Cerebral Palsy and what his schooling was like, and told us that was where he discovered wheelchair basketball, which he still enjoys.
He explained how he drove to school this morning in an adapted car.
He told us: "There is nothing that I can’t do that I want to do."
Year 4-6 explored disability at four stations. At station 1, the children had to use sign language to demonstrate what they wanted to say, showing consideration for the deaf. At station 2, the children learned about the difficulties and challenges that blind people face. At station 3, the children gained more understanding of how to help those with learning difficulties and at Station 4, the children took turns to use a wheelchair, demonstrating the difficulties of physical disability.
Reception and Years 1 -3 completed two activities, the first was about using sign language.
The second activity was about two children working together. One child sat in John's wheelchair and they needed to get across the hall without using their arms.