All Lawton fourth grade students will participate in the Disability Awareness Workshop on Friday May 6th. This program is a hands-on, activity-based workshop for which the goal is to help our students understand how difficult and complex daily living can be for individuals who have disabilities. They will learn some of the ways in which these members of their society do the same things they do, just sometimes a little differently. This program includes activities centered on an empathic understanding of physical, speech, hearing, vision, and learning impairments.
Volunteers will work at various stations where they will help students participate in activities such as a wheel chair obstacle course, wearing glasses that simulate impaired vision, and reading activities that demonstrate the challenges experienced by those with reading disabilities such as dyslexia.
Prior to the workshop, volunteers will be assigned an activity and be able to review the materials over email, though this is NOT required to help on the day of the event.
6-8pm Thursday Evening, May 5th – Approximately 5-6 people will be needed to help set up the workshop and will be trained in the various activities the students will experience. These volunteers can then help ensure remaining volunteers know their assigned roles the morning of the workshop.
8:45am – 12:15pm Friday May 6th – Throughout the morning volunteers will work at their assigned area helping groups of students who will be rotating through the various activities.
Volunteers are also welcome to listen to the afternoon portion of the workshop which will continue until approximately 3pm with engaging speakers that will challenge and inspire students and give them a new understanding of, and empathy for, those in our community with differing abilities