RHFSP Impact

RHFSP conducts a survey of educators at the end of every school year to evaluate the impact of our resources, and identify potential areas for improvement.

2016 National Survey Results

Changes in student attitudes reported after using RHFSP resources:
  • 89%: increased awareness of the challenges and barriers faced by people with disabilities
  • 88%: increased awareness of the potential of people with disabilities
  • 87%: increased understanding of disability
  • 80%: increased willingness to interact with people with disabilities
  • 77%: increased respect and inclusion (e.g. including others in class and in play)
  • 71%: disability is no longer perceived as a negative

Changes in student behaviours reported after using RHFSP resources:
  • 72%: increased willingness of students to help others (e.g. peers with disabilities or when working in groups)
  • 70%: students are more inclined to see themselves as difference makers
  • 60%: increased volunteering by students
  • 57%: a positive change in students’ capacity to make a difference
  • 58%: students now take initiative to improve their classroom, school, or community
  • 45%: decrease in bullying

Ambassador Impact

Educators said both the RHFSP resources and Ambassador presentations resulted in:
  • 100%: Increased awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities
  • 100%: Increased understanding by students of the potential of people with disabilities

Educators said RHFSP resources supporting Ambassador presentations:
  • 78%: Contributed to a culture of inclusion at their school
  • 78%: Led to improvements to accessibility and inclusion at their school

Educators said Ambassador presentations:
  • 100%: Contributed to a culture of inclusion at their school
  • 95%: Helped students feel more comfortable and confident about including people with disabilities in activities and social circumstances

Teachers and administrators say that the School Program:

  • Raises student awareness of the potential of people with disabilities.
  • Increases empathy and respect for differences (which in turn reduces bullying);
  • Empowers students to create positive change.