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ROME 2 Teaches Disability Awareness to Students


During Disability Awareness month, the Rome 2 classroom of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. talked about what it means to have a disability. You see, their own Teacher Aide, Hope Casselbury, was recently diagnosed with a disability. Teacher Chatney Clark wanted to show the children what it is like to be disabled - specifically to experience what it feels like to be deaf or blind. The children were each given an opportunity to see what it would be like to be unable to hear, by putting on noise cancelling head phones. Then they were asked to listen to animal noises and to guess what animal noise they heard. “It was harder than they thought!”, said Mrs. Clark. Next the children experienced what it would feel like to be blind. They were blindfolded while sitting at a table. Each child was handed a pretend food item and then asked if they knew what it was, simply be touching it. “It is my hope,” states Chatney, “ that these two experiences will help to teach these preschoolers that a classmate with a disability can still be a friend and an equal.”