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Differently-Abled Awareness Day at Ridge

Ridge Students Learn Lessons of Compassion at Differently-Abled Awareness Day
Posted on 11/27/2018
Ridge Students Learn Lessons of Compassion at Differently-Abled Awareness DaySecond, third, and fourth-grade students at Ridge Elementary School recently participated in a special event to increase their knowledge about disabilities and foster positive attitudes about people who are different.

Coordinated by Ridge Elementary School Counselor Kristen Kopp, Differently-Abled Awareness Day provided students with a hands-on, interactive opportunity to experience the challenges of living with an impairment. 

Fifteen 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 personal experiences, members of Longwood High School’s Best Buddies Club volunteered their time.  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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