Faculty and administration collaborated to present the Access4All and Abilities in Motion (AIM) materials to students and staff through their current Teacher Advisory Groups (TAG). Carolyn selected the lesson and coordinated the workshop with RHF. The lesson was then presented to their entire student body with 10 RHF Ambassadors on site to support the content.
RHF Ambassadors are people with mobility, vision, or hearing disabilities who share their personal stories of living with a disability and overcoming barriers, challenging audiences to think about diversity, accessibility, and inclusion.
“We had a school-wide accessibility activity with our TAG, and several RHF Ambassadors joined for the activity using the RHFSP resource materials. We are a large school with approximately 1,300 students, and we felt that working in smaller groups would help spark more conversation around the topic of accessibility and what solutions might be available to us,” Carolyn says.
They used a lesson on understanding accessibility and its importance, and included the school inventory/check list, community scenarios, general information about specific disabilities, and the scenario analysis activity.
“The students were on board from the beginning. It’s like a train going down the track—you just can’t stop it,” she says. After hearing the information and participating in the scenario analysis, students really took the time to investigate the school and examined how someone with a sensory or mobility challenge might navigate the environment. The ideas and enthusiasm motivated by this lesson really spoke to their community’s level of commitment to inclusion and accessibility – not just with educators and administration, but with students leading the way forward.
“It was a wonderful example of what can happen when you ask students to look at things from another point of view,” she says, “It’s always a great feeling when you watch students take the reins and start to guide an idea forward.”