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Disability Etiquette

In this article, Disability Rights and Resources outlines appropriate behavior, conversational cues, and common courtesies to internalize and enact when spending time with a person with a disability.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Disability Rights and Resources
Topic
Ability
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
Justice
LESSON

Understanding Disabilities

This lesson helps students increase knowledge about people with disabilities and explore ways to sensitively communicate with people with disabilities.
Grade Level
6-8
9-12
Topic
Ability
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
LESSON

What is a Disability?

This lesson helps students increase knowledge about people with disabilities and explore ways to sensitively communicate with people with disabilities.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Topic
Ability
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
SEL
ELL / ESL
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
LESSON

Civil Rights and Americans with Disabilities

Classroom activities examining the Civil Rights Act and ADA.
Grade Level
3-5
6-8
9-12
Topic
Ability
Rights & Activism
Subject
Social Studies
Civics
Social Justice Domain
Justice
ARTICLE

Making Disability Explicit

In order to teach tolerance, a teacher must proactively bring in those who are typically left out of the mainstream. With the 2010 release of the HBO movie about her life, Temple Grandin may be going mainstream. But autism remains an enigma to most people. So I was thrilled when my student teacher, Eva Oliver, prepared a lesson about Temple Grandin and her work as a livestock equipment designer at the beginning of National Autism Awareness Month.
ARTICLE

No Joking Matter: Words and Disability

While we are increasingly aware of the need to address racist, sexist, homophobic, ageist and classist language, ableist language is too often disregarded.
ARTICLE

Looking Past the Disability to the Person

I do not bark. I do not swing open my mouth and chomp my teeth six times while telling a story. The n-word does not dart suddenly from my mouth. And derogatory comments about gays and lesbians? They do not spew from me. My mere presence in a movie theater or a restaurant or a subway does not arouse anger or disgust from others. But then, I am not Marc Elliot.
LESSON

Picturing Accessibility: Art, Activism and Physical Disabilities

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.
Grade Level
K-2
3-5
Topic
Ability
Subject
Reading & Language Arts
Social Studies
Arts
Social Justice Domain
Diversity
Justice
Action