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Ridge Students Participate in Disability Awareness Day

Ridge Elementary Students Learn Lessons of Acceptance at Disability Awareness Day
Posted on 11/22/2017
Ridge Elementary Students Learn Lessons of Acceptance at Disability Awareness DayOn Monday, November 20, 2017, Ridge Elementary School students participated in a special event to increase their knowledge about disabilities and foster positive attitudes about people living with disabilities.

Coordinated by Ridge Elementary School Counselor Kristen Kopp, Disability Awareness Day provided the students with a unique opportunity to learn compassion and sensitivity when dealing with someone who looks or acts differently. 

Thirteen workstations were located throughout the gym to demonstrate the difficulties and frustrations that someone with a disability may experience in their everyday life. Students explored different activities across six classifications including, learning disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities, speech/language impairments and visual and hearing impairments. 

To assist with activities and share their personal experiences, members of the high school’s Best Buddies Club volunteered their time.  Launched in 2016, the Best Buddies High School Club promotes one-on-one friendships between students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those without a disability, within the school.
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