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theschoolboards
01-05-2012, 08:10 AM
From S.F. Examiner (http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/education/2012/01/schools-simulate-disabilities-foster-understanding-kids) by Amy Crawford:

Ember Klein-Coletti was trying to complete a worksheet, but first the Miraloma Elementary School second-grader needed to pick up a pencil with a green quilted oven mitt on her right hand.

“This is hard!” the frustrated 7-year-old said. “I can’t even pick one up!”

The exercise was designed to simulate being disabled — specifically, having limited fine motor skills.

The activities, which also included simulations of blindness and paraplegia, were all part of a national movement called Inclusive Schools Week, a recent five-day series of events designed to get kids thinking about all kinds of diversity, from disabilities to cultural and racial differences.

“Inclusive schools are about building a school that’s welcoming to everybody,” explained Catherine Dauer, a parent who helped organize the week’s activities at Miraloma, one of several San Francisco schools that participated.

The goal of the day’s simulation was to get the children thinking about how to better include their disabled peers in classroom and playground activities.

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