Seeing the World through the Hands of People with Visual Disability
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Seeing the World through the Hands of People with Visual Disability

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Lesson Summary:

From the ADL- Anti Defamation League:

"The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the concept of disability to students by exploring and understanding daily experiences of people with a visual disability. By engaging in concrete activities such as transcribing Braille and learning about the achievements of activists like Helen Keller, students are challenged to rethink assumptions and beliefs about the abilities of people with disabilities. Students are also asked to consider issues of accessibility by noting barriers in the environment that may limit opportunities for people with disabilitie"

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, handicap, and visual disability. 
  • Students will learn about the varying degrees of visual disability. 
  • Students will learn the Braille alphabet, and use it to decode a sentence coded in Braille. 
  • Students will learn about Helen Keller, and her life as a writer and activist for people with visual disabilities. 
  • Students will research and discover the various ways that people with disabilities perform daily functions. 
  • Students will consider ableist attitudes and assumptions towards people with disabilities, and ways to challenge those assumptions.

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.