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.
Guiding Question: Why is it important to respect individuality and encourage independence?
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.
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 has a rare genetic disorder that hampers her development. Yet she continues to defy medical expectations.
Guiding Question: How do institutional and societal discrimination impact individuals such as Scott Jones, and how can activism effect change in Canadian society?
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.
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
A look into the life of Niall McNeil, an artist and performer with Down syndrome, and his remarkable chosen family.
Tying Your Own Shoes
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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