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Teacher Resources | Disability Awareness for Primary and Secondary

Teacher Resources | Disability Awareness for Primary and Secondary

Teacher Resources | Disability Awareness for Primary and Secondary

Every December we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day aims to raise awareness of disability issues, support dignity, rights and well-being, and promote the integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Below are resources we’ve made for both primary and secondary students.


Mini-Lesson for Private Eyes

Guiding Question: Why is it important to respect individuality and encourage independence?

Films about Disability Inclusion (Ages 9-11)

This playlist chronicles the experience of people living with disabilities in Canada while exploring social history and human rights. It’s the perfect entry point for young minds learning about inclusiveness and diversity.


The Tournament

The Tournament, Sam Vint, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Over the course of a weekend tournament, youth sledge hockey teams from the U.S. and Canada battle for supremacy. Designed for players who have a physical challenge, the fundaments of the sport — passing, shooting, trash talking your opponents – remain the same.

Alphée of the Stars

Alphée of the Stars, Hugo Latulippe, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Alphée has a rare genetic disorder that hampers her development. Yet she continues to defy medical expectations.


Mini-Lesson for Love, Scott

Guiding Question: How do institutional and societal discrimination impact individuals such as Scott Jones, and how can activism effect change in Canadian society?

Films about Disability Inclusion (Ages 15-17)

The films presented below reflect the reality of what it means to live with a disability—issues able-bodied people aren’t confronted with every day. These films provide an excellent entry point into an important conversation about living in an inclusive and diverse society.

United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Ages 15-17)

This playlist brings together films that promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities.


Lay Down Your Heart

Lay Down Your Heart, Marie Clements, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

A look into the life of Niall McNeil, an artist and performer with Down syndrome, and his remarkable chosen family.

Tying Your Own Shoes

Tying Your Own Shoes, Shira Avni, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

This short animated documentary offers an intimate glimpse into the exceptional mindsets and emotional lives of four adult artists with Down Syndrome. An artful, four-way essay about ability, film explores how it feels to be a little bit unusual.

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