In this lesson, students will explore the ways people with a critical health condition or disease might feel, as well as various ways they can support and show compassion toward those who are living with an illness.
Drawing on what they have learned about challenging stereotypes and the interaction between art and activism, students will brainstorm, plan and take steps toward carrying out plans they can make in their daily lives to work toward social justice for people with physical disabilities.
Learning about local activism empowers students by helping them understand the wide variety of possibilities for affecting change, beginning in their own communities. This lesson introduces students to a movement for disability rights that integrated visual arts and community activism.
This lesson exposes children to several commonly used icons for accessibility and gives them the opportunity to act out scenarios where the icons might be especially useful. It also introduces the idea of universal design, an approach to making the world usable for all people.
In this lesson, students will share what they already know about physical disabilities, stereotypes regarding people with disabilities and issues of fairness and accessibility. They will start learning vocabulary for talking about ableism.
The four lessons in this series focus on public design and accessibility. Students will learn about the interaction between art and activism. They will use language and literacy skills to understand what ableism is and why it is important.