On Monday 19th August, years five and six enjoyed part two of the Disability Awareness Program led by Erica and Natalie from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Take a look at what we learnt below.
There are different kinds of disabilities, including the following.
- Physical disabilities: Many different sorts of permanent conditions which result in part of a person’s body not functioning as it should. E.g. Amputation
- Disabilities that you can’t see: You cannot see some disabilities. Sometimes they can be difficult to understand because you do not know that the person has a disability. E.g. Autism and hearing impairment.
- Sensory disabilities: Sensory disability refers to a range of impairments to a person’s senses such as sight, hearing and sometimes even touch or smell. E.g. Blindness
- Some disabilities can fit into more than one category.
- We also learnt about paraplegia and quadriplegia. These terms refer to a person’s ability to move a particular part of the body as they are paralysed. Paraplegia is paralysis of both legs or both arms. Quadriplegia is paralysis of both legs and both arms.
- People with a disability communicate in many different ways. For example, a person who is blind or who has a vision impairment may use braille, while a person with a hearing impairment may use Auslan (Australian Sign Language).
Remember, a disability is not a disease. We shouldn’t describe people as a ‘disabled person’ or a ‘disability boy/girl’. Always describe them as a person with a disability.
Take a look at the YouTube clip below for some great tips regarding how to treat people with a disability.
Take a look at the YouTube clip below. Show it to someone in your family. Encourage them to leave a comment about what they felt when they watched it. How do you feel when you watch the YouTube clip?
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