Use this toolkit to help your students understand and accept differences and be positioned to succeed. It addresses disability, accessibility and inclusion, while teaching skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership, using innovation, inquiry and problem solving.  Students are challenged to identify forms of exclusion in society and the kinds of policies that will help in realizing a truly inclusive and equitable world. 

Abilities in Motion

This unit raises awareness and increases understanding of physical, vision and hearing disabilities, supports a culture of inclusion where all students accept differences and are best positioned to succeed, and provides opportunities to develop teamwork, leadership, creative thinking, and innovation skills.  The materials also teach students to reflect on sources of stereotyping and discrimination as well as give students the tools and knowledge to create and contribute to more inclusive school environments and communities.  Students are challenged to identify the reasons for and the forms of exclusion in society, the ways in which they can support one another at school, and the kinds of policies that will help in realizing a truly inclusive and equitable world. Download the full toolkit here, or scroll down to view and download individual lessons and supplementary resources. 

Learn how secondary educators can use this FREE bilingual resource. Curriculum-specific lessons and activities challenge and inspire students to see the potential of people with disabilities, understand current barriers, and make their school and community more inclusive and accessible.

Supplemental Resources


Lesson: Inclusive Society

In this lesson students will examine 3 Olympic Game case studies to learn how policy changes can positively impact historically marginalized groups.

Lesson: Investigating Accessibility

In this lesson students complete an accessibility review of their school and discuss how physical accessibility is an important equity issue.

Lesson: Accessible Travel Planning

In small groups students research accessible travel planning tips and tools. They analyze a vacation package while applying principles of tourism and travel.

Lesson: What is Spinal Cord Injury?

Discuss the different types of SCI, and relate to Rick Hansen’s story while students fill out the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Overview. Students research typical categories of SCI and teach key information to peers in a jigsaw format.

Lesson: The Bionic Man: Using Technology to Improve People's Lives

Small groups of students work cooperatively to research current technological advances in relation to SCI and present their findings to the class during a mini SCI expo.

Lesson: First Impressions and Identity Labels

In this lesson students experience “being labelled” first-hand by playing a game. Students brainstorm “identities” inside their school and through a small group exercise develop an understanding that identity labels are constructed and ascribed to others.

Lesson: Peer Advocacy

In this lesson students work in groups to brainstorm peer advocacy solutions for school situations. Students develop an understanding that advocacy can be a means to ensure others' inclusion and sense of belonging at school.

Lesson: Accessibility to Vote

In this lesson students research the Elections Canada website to research and think critically about the accommodations made in Canada and in other countries for people who cannot access polling stations to vote.

Lesson: Planning Accessible Businesses

In this lesson students work in small groups to create an accessibility plan that meets the needs of customers and employees with physical disabilities.

Lesson: Disability Rights Movement

In this lesson students research laws and organizations supporting disability rights and brainstorm real-world solutions to existing issues of accessibility and inclusion, presented in a gallery walk of photographs. Students will learn how the disability rights movement has raised awareness of the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Students learn barriers still exist for people with disabilities, but we can continue to create positive change by finding effective ways to remove them.

Lesson: Equity and Equality

In this lesson students learn that fairness is not sameness. They will learn accessibility and inclusion are equity issues. Students test their knowledge using a true/false quiz.

Lesson: Creative Solutions

Students discuss quality of life factors for people with disabilities and identify challenges. Students will develop creative solutions.

Assessment Tools (9-12)

To be used for in-class activities and homework assignments.

Appendices (9-12)

Additional supporting materials referred to in individual lessons.

Accessible E-Book Word Format: Man in Motion

 In this poignant story, discover how Rick and his team found the courage and determination to persevere against all odds, proving to the world that one person can make a difference.  An epic tale of adventure, friendship, struggle, and triumph.

Available by request only.

Poster: Abilities in Motion

"Success is not measured by your ability or disability; It's how you live your life." -- Rick Hansen

Prezi: Inclusive Society

"Inclusive Society" Lesson Prezi

Prezi: What is Spinal Cord Injury?

"What is Spinal Cord Injury?" Lesson Prezi

Prezi: Identity Labels

"First Impressions and Identity Labels" Lesson Prezi

Prezi: Peer Advocacy

"Peer Advocacy" Lesson Prezi

Prezi: Disability Rights Movement

"Disability Rights Movement" Lesson Prezi

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