ERIC Number: ED458737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
On Infusing Disability Studies into the General Curriculum. On Point...Brief Discussions of Critical Issues in Urban Education.
Part of a series on critical issues in urban education, this booklet discusses the need to incorporate discussions of the meaning and experience of disabilities into the course of study for all children. Eight reasons why educators should teach about disabilities are presented and 17 ways to infuse disabilities into curriculum across age levels are provided, including: (1) have adults with disabilities come to class to talk about their lives; (2) have students do accessibility surveys; (3) have students write stories about people with disabilities; (4) incorporate and discuss stories that have disability themes; (5) have children do interviews with individuals with disabilities; (6) have students write an essay on stereotypes; (7) show students informational videos about eugenics; (8) have students write biographies of individuals with disabilities; (9) have students learn American Sign Language signs; (10) have students learn the alphabet in Braille; (11) take students to a museum and look for things about disability; (12) have students prepare photo essays; (13) teach students about different brain functions; (14) have students design assistive devices; (15) have students surf the Web for disability resources; and (16) have students design a new graphic symbol to signify disability. Additional resources are listed. (CR)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Class Activities, Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Disabilities, Disability Discrimination, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities, Negative Attitudes, Peer Relationship, Social Cognition, Stereotypes, Urban Schools
Education Development Center, National Inst. for Urban School Improvement, 55 Chapel St., Newton, MA 02458-1060. Tel: 617-969-7100; Fax: 617-969-3440. For full text: http://www.edc.org/urban.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Newton, MA. National Inst. for Urban School Improvement.