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WeCanAccess Youth – India 3

calendarNovember 2 2021

Welcome to our 3rd post where we show some of the outstanding work received from Study Hall School in Uttar Pradesh in India on improving accessibility and inclusion.

The WeCanAccess Youth activity aims to improve accessibility and inclusion in schools by helping students to have a better understanding of the challenges that their peers with disabilities and special needs may face. It asks pupils to come up with ideas on how they might support and include their friends at the same time as asking pupils with disabilities to explain what actions would help them.

We are delighted to share with you some fantastic work completed as part of the project, completed by students in class 4 (ages 8-9) of the Study Hall School, which is part of the Study Hall Education Foundation (SHEF) in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Check back here www.wecanaccess.com/blogs for more work from the pupils!

Student K in Class 12 (age 17-18) drew this beautiful trio of images and wrote the insightful words below:

A trio of pictures by a young person that show children helping and playing with their friends. Includes, one where children are helping to put leg braces on a friend and another where two able bodied children are playing ball with a child in a wheelchair.

A person with a disability is anyone with a physical or mental condition that substantially limits at least one major life activity. First of all, physically challenged individuals are no different from their able-bodied counterparts. They should be treated with the same respect and dignity as able-bodied individuals.

People with disabilities often function with different degrees of independence. Most disabled persons are able to function without seeking support in their daily lives. Given this, it is imperative to not assume that a disabled person may require assistance in performing an activity. It is also important to not single them out in attention or treatment, making them feel awkward in the process.

Transportation has been identified as a major challenge in their lives. It is important to call for and advocate the installation of disabled-friendly and inclusive structures, especially in areas of public and occupational functioning. This will ensure that a significant number of people in our society do not face social, economical, and attitudinal barriers, and enable most individuals to participate fully and effectively in social functions. By K, Class 12

Student T in Class 10 made the following poster and wrote about how a personal experience influenced their views:

Image has a collection of images depicting different disabilities. The caption at the top is 'See the Ability Not the Disability'. One side includes things ' Government should provide these things for their better living and for easy life'. Under the caption are images showing items including wheelchair, braille, crutches, prosthetics, guide dog, etc.

Last year when I was in class 9th there was a student in our class who was dyslexic and had difficulty in talking , learning , writing and reading. The child also couldn’t make friends in the class . Sometime she was frustrated and also have low esteem . I felt very sad and  pity on her condition . I also realised how parents and siblings of such a child deal with such situations . Then I thought to help such children who have learning disabilities  . Following  are the points how we can help such children :-

 1) First of all I will sensitise my other class mates to behave in a friendly manner with such children so that they don’t feel morally depressed

 2) I will make sure not body bullies such special child

3) I will also help in sending work done in class ,regularly.

 4) In free periods I will help such students in completing their work

5) I will also try to talk to such children regularly even on mobile so that they improve their talking abilities

6) Last but not the least I would love to explore her hidden talents like cooking , gardening, drawing ,guitar playing etc . And I will motive her to polish her hidden talent .

By T

Student I in Class 11 put together a lot of research and also created this thoughtful poster:

A hand-drawn poster showing 3 scenarios with a person in a wheelchair being fed, a child helping someone on crtuches and someone helping a person with a stick. The captions say 'Disability is a matter of perception' and 'Its not our disabilities but our abilities that count'.

WeCanAccess Youth

WeCanAccess Youth aims to improve accessibility and inclusion in schools by helping students to have a better understanding of the challenges that their differently abled peers may face. It asks pupils to come up with ideas on how they might support and include their friends at the same time as asking pupils with disabilities to explain what actions would help them. You can find out more about the activity here: www.wecanaccess.com/wecanaccess-youth

If you or your school would like to submit work for the WeCanAccess Youth Project, or if you have any questions about the activities, please contact admin@wecanaccess.com.

Learn more about improving accessibility and inclusion in the classroom. Visit the WeCanAccess Academy for practical and effective toolkits here: WeCanAccess Academy

ABOUT SHEF

Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF), an inclusive non-profit organization, runs a network of six unique schools and four outreach programs, educating diverse populations of children and young adults; every school caters to a different segment of society. Over the last three decades, SHEF have trained over 100,000 teachers and impacted over 5 million children (predominantly girls from disadvantaged communities) through SHEF’s various schools and programs.

You can find out more about SHEF here: studyhallfoundation.org/index.php

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