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Sand Creek Teacher Engages 8th Graders in Lesson on Disabilities Rights Movement

Posted Date: 04/26/2024

Sand Creek Teacher Engages 8th Graders in Lesson on Disabilities Rights Movement

This week Sand Creek special education teacher Kimberly Murray guided her 8th-grade social studies class on an exploration of the Disabilities Rights movement. As part of their Civil Rights Era curriculum, the lesson aimed to shed light on the pivotal role this movement has played in advocating for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Murray, a devoted Life Skills teacher, infused her passion for inclusion and accessibility into the lesson, drawing powerful parallels between the disability rights movement and other civil rights struggles. She emphasized the significance of accessibility, representation, and respect for all individuals, highlighting how the fight for disability rights is integral to the broader narrative of civil rights.

"The Disabilities Rights movement is an essential part of our history that often doesn't get the attention it deserves," said Murray. "By understanding the struggles and achievements of this movement, students can appreciate the ongoing efforts for equality and inclusion."

The lesson began with an overview of key milestones about the movement, including the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and landmark court cases that have shaped accessibility laws. Murray's dynamic teaching style engaged the students, making the historical content both relatable and engaging.

Following the informative session, Murray led an interactive activity designed to deepen students' empathy and understanding. Each student had the chance to create their own communication device, simulating the experience of individuals with communication disabilities. This hands-on project allowed students to confront the challenges and celebrate the breakthroughs in communication technology.

By the end of the day, students had not only gained a comprehensive understanding of the Disabilities Rights movement but also developed a practical appreciation for inclusive practices. Using their self-made devices, students practiced making requests and communicating, which fostered a deeper empathy for those who rely on such technologies daily.