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1 Disability Awareness Information for Teachers

2 Pre and Post Test 1.What is your level of knowledge about the various disabilities? very knowledgeable somewhat knowledgeable very little knowledge 2.What is your comfort level supporting students with disabilities? very comfortable somewhat comfortable not at all 3.What is your level of knowledge of strategies to support students with disabilities in the classroom? very knowledgeablesomewhat knowledgeable very little knowledge 4.What is your awareness level of resources available to assist you in supporting students with disabilities? very knowledgeablesomewhat knowledgeable very little knowledge

3 Awareness is not the same as emphasis

4 Ask me what I CAN do, not what I can’t do

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6 ACTIVITY  Individuals with such disabilities often have great difficulty with directions and receptive language. (Sit back to back, one person has picture of abstract shape, cannot use names of shapes but must describe it and he other person must reproduce it)

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13 http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds/experiences/attexp2b.html Additional experiences…

14 About your experience…  Were any of the activities frustrating to you?  Was it frustrating or embarrassing to not be able to complete some of the tasks?

15 Consider motivation of behaviors  Frustration  Embarrassment  Avoidance  Attention  Receive some type of reward  Communication  Sensory stimulation

16 Facilitate access and success  Give positive reinforcement  Decrease the length of tasks and divide into smaller parts  Take frequent breaks  Keep consistent daily schedule  Provide “stress balls” and other inconspicuous items for stimulation  Allow for movement

17 Facilitate access and success  Interact with the individual as a PERSON FIRST  Break down concepts into small, simple components  Teach functional skills to support independence

18 Resources VADSA.ORG Disability Organizations Listing View a comprehensive listing of Disability Related Organizations across the state and the nation. VADSA.ORG Disability Organizations Listing Virginia Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) Enables blind or visually impaired individuals to achieve their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence. Virginia Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) Virginia Industries for the Blind (VIB) Established over seven decades ago as a not-for-profit organization offering vocational rehabilitation for blind Virginians, VIB is a self-funded division of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI). Virginia Industries for the Blind (VIB)Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired Virginia Dept. for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) Operates with the full understanding that communication is the most critical issue facing persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. Virginia Dept. for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH)

19 Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) Empower Virginians with Disabilities to achieve their personal goals, to be self-reliant, and to participate fully in their communities by strengthening community involvement, building advocacy capacity, enhancing service delivery, and informing public policy.Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) Department of Rehabilitative Services Collaborates with the public and private sectors to provide and advocate for the highest quality services that empower individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and full inclusion into society.Department of Rehabilitative Services Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center is the first state-owned and operated comprehensive rehabilitation center in the country. WWRC provides comprehensive medical, assistive technology and vocational rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities to help them gain increased independence and employment.Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center Resources

20 Voice of the Blue Ridge is a non-profit organization chartered in 1981 to help people who cannot read newspapers or magazines because of physical impairments such as partial vision loss, blindness or stroke.Voice of the Blue Ridge Virginia Relay The telecommunications system for the deaf and hard of hearing communities in Virginia.Virginia Relay American Council of the Blind Strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.American Council of the Blind Resources

21 National Federation of the Blind The purpose of the National Federation of the Blind is two-fold—to help blind persons achieve self-confidence and self-respect and to act as a vehicle for collective self-expression by the blind. By providing public education about blindness, information and referral services, scholarships, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances and other adaptive equipment for the blind, advocacy services and protection of civil rights, development and evaluation of technology, and support for blind persons and their families, members of the NFB strive to educate the public that the blind are normal individuals who can compete on terms of equality.National Federation of the Blind Make a Wish Foundation of America Share the power of a wish.Make a Wish Foundation of America The ARC National organization of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families.The ARC Resources

22 Low Vision Information Center (LVIC) Nonprofit organization that helps people with low vision maintain their independence.Low Vision Information Center Special Education Resources from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia Information on disabilities categories: Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Communication Disorders, Hearing Impairment, Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Serious Emotional Disturbance, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment.Special Education ResourcesCurry School of Education University of Virginia Commonwealth Community Trust Established for Virginia residents to provide a convenient and economical way to have trust funds administered for people with disabilities that will supplement the benefits offered by entitlement programs.Commonwealth Community Trust Dept of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services (DMHMRSAS) Improves the quality of life for people with mental disabilities and substance abuse problems by providing the very best services possible, at minimal burden to the taxpayer.Dept of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services Resources

23 Disability Services Agencies Forms Consumer forms for the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS), and the Virginia Board for Persons with Disabilities.Disability Services Agencies Forms The Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA) helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. We also help people with disabilities obtain services and treatment. All callers receive help with these problems. Individuals with problems, targeted in our program priorities, may also receive advocacy services and/or legal representation.The Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA) Adapted from DSA, Virginia.gov Resources


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