Disabilities Awareness Week

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As an extension of its Character Education program, students at Winthrop Avenue School in Bellmore participated in a Disabilities Awareness Week. Throughout the week, the third and fourth-grade students learned about many different disabilities through various activities.

To begin the week, the Guide Dog Foundation visited the students during an assembly program where the students learned how the dogs are trained and how a person with a disability utilizes the animals. A handicap accessible van was also parked at the school on Monday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Long Island Children’s Museum brought their “Challenges and Changes” program to the students. Disabilities were brought to life in the hands-on activities as students learned what it is like to live with a disability. During the program, students explored some of the tools and inventions used by people with differing abilities, such as a wheelchair and a Perkins Braille typewriter. The third and fourth graders learned how people communicate through sign language and used their sense of touch to solve tactile puzzles.

Visits from the singing group Creations, the United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County and the Little People of America rounded out the week for the students.