Students who focus more on the similarities they share, rather than their differences, create stronger relationships. That was one of the many things that Abilities Awareness Week taught the students at John Weldon Elementary. From March 6 – 10, students not only learned to embrace the similarities they share with others who face challenges with disabilities, but were also educated on the causes of those barriers, and how those affected overcome it.
“This week has left students wanting to learn more,” said speech and language specialist Lisa Agee. “As far as teachers, one of the many takeaways from this week was uncovering the opportunities we could have throughout our day to educate our students and ourselves on these types of barriers that our student body may have.”
On Wednesday, March 8, students enjoyed a presentation by Bret Hammond, a freshman at Francis Howell North High School, and his father, Jim Hammond. Bret is a student who prevails over Down syndrome in his daily life, and he shared his story of bravery to the students at John Weldon. At the end of his presentation, he and some of the students got a chance to play basketball and show off their moves.
“I really love that I have the chance to share my story with other students,” said Brett Hammond.
“We want to show that students with disabilities are more like students without disabilities,” said Jim Hammond. “The main goal is to encourage students to explore what makes us alike, and to develop lasting friendships.”
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