Getting to Know People with Physical Disabilities
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Getting to Know People with Physical Disabilities

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Lesson Summary:

From the ADL- Anti Defamation League:

"The purpose of this lesson is to begin to familiarize students with the term disability, and to raise awareness about the experiences of people with physical disabilities. Through children’s literature and personal connections with people who have a physical disability, students come to understand the capacity of people with disabilities to engage in activities that all people enjoy. Students will also come to know and recognize the International Symbol of Access to People with Disabilities."
This resource is not designed for specifically Jewish audiences, so educators should adapt the materials as they deem fit for their community while addressing the Jewish value of Lifnei Aver and explore the importance of inclusiveness.


  • Students will learn the terms disability and physical disability. 
  • Students will understand and recognize the International Symbol of Access to People with Disabilities. 
  • Students will discover the various abilities of people who use wheelchairs. 
  • Students will meet a person with a physical disability to learn more about the daily experiences of people living with a disability. 
  • Students will develop a class book depicting what they learned about people with disabilities.

Be Inspired:The ideas included are offered as starting points as you and your students explore, discover and live the lessons. Be sure to elicit and encourage student and parent participation, consistently reinforcing the value being addressed. Allow lessons to authentically develop and change based on engagement and interests.

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The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.