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ERIC Number: EJ902850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Try a Disability on for Size: Sensitizing School Personnel
Anderson, Mary Jane
Georgia School Counselors Association Journal, v13 p31-40 2006
Education professionals may feel uncomfortable or unprepared when interacting with students with disabilities within school settings. Several federal mandates have been passed in the last 30 years to ensure that students with disabilities receive the same educational services as students without disabilities. Although these students are now in the school setting, minimal training is conducted with regular educators--classroom teachers, principals, counselors--to sensitize and prepare them to work effectively with students with special learning abilities. Creating a school climate that accepts and embraces all students is typically part of the school counselor's role. This paper outlines hands-on activities that counselors can use as an in-service training for school personnel. The activities simulate perceptual, learning, and physical difficulties to help participants feel and respond to what everyday life may be like for students who live with disabilities. A list of materials, procedures, and questions for reflection and discussion are included for each of the ten activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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