Disability Awareness Resources

Lesson Plans

6 autism awareness activities for kids– suggested activities from the Family Education Website.

Disability Awareness: created by Learning to Give, provides service-learning project ideas related to disability awareness.

Disability Awareness Activities– a lesson plan through study.com. This site shows a sample of the lesson plan. In order to unlock the full course, you will be required to become a member by creating an account.

Disability Awareness Activities for Students of all Ages– a two-page handout developed by the PACER Center with a list of suggested activities teachers can use in the classroom

Disability Awareness: 10 things parents should teach their kids about disabilities- written by HuffPost. The article provides useful teaching information on motor disabilities.

Disability Awareness Class Activity Lesson Plans– provides various lesson plans and teaching activities on Autism, Communication Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, and General Disabilities

Disability Awareness Activity Packet– created by DVUSD Special Education, a printable download that provides activities and resources for teaching students about disabilities including role-playing activities.

Hosting a Disability Awareness Day– from Blogger, My Special Learners

Themed and Disability Education activities for children and adults created by the Indiana Governor’s Council for people with Disabilities. Provides discussion guides, speaker ideas and activities.

Tips for Disability Awareness– website provides information on the use of appropriate disability terms and ways to interact with a person with a disability.

Understanding Disabilities– a lesson plan from the Special Olympics organization. The lesson plan focuses on understanding perceptions of disabilities and how they affect people’s attitudes and beliefs.

Understanding Disabilities- from the Teaching Tolerance Organization, provides a lesson plan on helping students increase knowledge about people with disabilities and explore ways to communicate with people with disabilities.

Disability History

Disability History and Awareness: A Resource Guide

Disability Rights History

Timeline

The Disability Rights Movement

Sensitivity Training

Disability Awareness and Sensitivity Training– Richmond Centre for Disability

Disability Sensitivity Guide– National Disability Institute

Summer Sensory Activities

June 20th mark the first day of summer. In many places with Covid-19 still looming around, summer fun may be limited but still there is always an opportunity to create sensory activities. the following links below are some suggestions. Some of the links show ways to create sensory bins using different themes. Enjoy and stay safe.

5 summer sensory activities

10 awesome summer sensory play activities

10 washing activities summer sensory play ideas

17 cool summer sensory activities that help kids

Ideas for summer sensory play

Must-try summer sensory activities

Sensory Summer

Spring and summer sensory bins

Summer Sensory Bins

Summer sensory play ideas for kids with ice and water

May Day Habilitation Activity Ideas

It is so unbelievable that we are already in May. Even more so that many States are still struggling with COVID19. As I write this, the news is reporting that in many States, lockdowns are easy up. Most programs that i know of are still closed. Here are some activities that can be done both in private homes as well as residential homes. Please continue to stay safe and healthy and continue to wash your hands (a lot)!

Download Here: May Habilitation Calendar

Gross Motor Activities

8 gross motor skills activities for kids– Understood

10 outdoor activities that enhance gross motor skills– Friendship Circle

Core strength and core stability– OT Mom Learning Activities

Gross motor activities for handicapped children– Love to Know

Gross motor farm game– Modern preschool

Gross motor skill development and delays in childhood– Verywell Family

Gross motor skills activities– specialneeds.com

Impromptu indoor gross motor activities– Teach Me Mommy

Indoor activities for kids under 5-Hands On As We Grow

Jumping hearts gross motor skills game– The Inspired Tree House

 

Oatmeal Cookie Activity

This is a fun activity for students and adults with special needs who would like to work on increasing their fine motor skills. This activity includes both a coloring and tracing activity. you can make several copies to print out for additional practice at a later time. Click on the link on the bottom of the page.

Download the activity here: COLORING AND TRACING ACTIVITY

 

April Day Habilitation Activity Ideas

Under normal circumstances I would suggest using the following April Monthly Day Habilitation Activity for ideas to plan for the month, however the new normal has changed.  Many school districts have created lesson plans and activities for school children that are home during these trying times including resources on speech and OT activities.

I have seen very little information for adults that receive day habilitation services. For some individuals, the new normal means staying at home in a residential setting and for others, it is staying home with family members. For people with developmental disabilities, adjusting to changes can be challenging affecting both the individual and the home.

For this month and upcoming months, I will blog articles on activities that can be used in the home to help individuals continue to work on activities and to help maintain their skills since many day habilitation programs are also closed.

For the month of April, I have included activities for National 1 Cent day, National Road Map Day, Farm Animal Day, Titanic Remembrance Day, National Earth Day and National Zoo Day. The activities focus on the following:

  • Following directions
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Task Attention
  • Multisensory skills
  • Money management skills

The activities can be used by anyone of any age as well.

You can find the links to the activities below.

Stay safe and healthy.

Download April calendar here

  1. Penny activities. the following worksheets focus on the following skills:
  • fine motors skills
  • visual- spatial
  • Tracing
  • Counting
  • Coin Identification

Download here: one cent activities

2. Earth Day Activities(Making an organic smoothie and creating a collage safe for the environment).

3. Reading a road map activity (develop skills in task attention, listening, following directions and following one and two-step commands)

4.The following are lesson plans and curriculum on habitats and zoos.

5. Farms

6. Titanic Activities:Download here

15 Halloween Fine Motor Skill Activities

Candy is not the only great thing about Halloween. It is a chance to work on fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination while having fun at the same time. From ghosts to witches, there are a number of activities you child or student can do that will help increase fine motor skills. For some children and adults with disabilities, struggle with fine motor skills. These activities are a chance to improve the coordination between the brain and the muscles including dexterity and motor control. Click on the links below.

Easy Halloween fine motor activity

Eyeball sensory bag

Feed the spider

Frankenstein monster pumpkin

Halloween fine motor: Giant lacing spiderweb

Halloween fine motor activities for preschool

Halloween fine motor activities that promote cutting practice

Halloween mask to print and color

Halloween Necklaces

Halloween Play Dough

Halloween themed cutting tray

Scissor skill pumpkins

Spider web yarn

Witchy fingers

Yarn wrapped spider craft for halloween

Free Visual Motor Skills Teaching Strategies and Worksheets

Visual processing disorder affects the way a person sees or the ability to draw or copy. The child or the student may have difficulty with cutting, copying information accurately or may struggle to cut or paste. This is due to lack of visual motor integration between the eyes and the hands.

The following resources include information on strategies in improving motor skills and free activities and worksheets.

10 strategies for visual-motor integration problems

Activities for improving visual-motor skills in kids

Teaching students with visual impairments

Visual motor integration activities

Visual motor skill activities that kids will love

Visual Motor Free Activities

Find the animals

Follow that maze

Patterns, Patterns, Patterns

Puppy Maze

Raking Maze

Trace the Squares

Visual discrimination puzzles

Visual Perceptual Worksheets

20 Task Box Resources To Use In Your Classroom or Home

Task boxes (also known as work boxes) are structured work systems created by Division TEACCH t the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. This system allows the student to work independently on a task for a specific time in a supportive environment.  Task boxes are now used for students with a variety of disabilities including students required pervasive levels of support.

 

There are 3 types of task boxes: stacking- Helps with eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills; sorting- may break activities by size, color, texture, shape and flavor and fine motor- strengthens the smaller movement in the wrists, hands and fingers.

The following sites include information on how to set up a task box system in your classroom or in your home.

How I Set Up My Task Box System ( Delightfully Dedicated)

How to Set Up An Independent Workbox (Breezy Special Ed)

How to Start a Task Box System (Autism Adventures)

Task Box Set Up- (Autism Adventures)

Websites that will give you ideas on creating task boxes, and the material needed.

Autism Classroom Workbox System (Teaching Special Thinkers)

Fine Motor Morning Work Bins (Differentiated Kindergarten)

Assembly Work Task (Autism Classroom News and Resources)

Free Math Printable Task Box for Special Education ( My Creative Inclusion)

Higher Level Academics in Task Boxes (Mrs. P’s Specialties)

How I Use Workboxes in My Classroom (Creating and Teaching)

Pre-Vocational Work Boxes (SPED Adventures)

Quick and Easy Task Box Ideas (Little Miss Kim’s Class)

Task Boxes: A Hands On Approach to Life Skills (Therablog)

Task Boxes for Autistic Children (Love to Know)

Structured Work Boxes (University of Mary Washington)

Ways to Up the Ante in Your Work Task System (The Autism Vault)

Winter Task Boxes (You Aut-aKnow)

Work Boxes in Autism Classrooms (Noodle Nook)

Work Box Task Ideas (The Autism Helper)

Work Task (Breezy Special Ed)