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.
Ready-made challenges and projects where students learn about the power of intentional design and technology to break down barriers for people with disabilities and create benefits for everyone.
Ready-made challenges and projects where students use their knowledge of science, physics, force, motion, and mechanics to analyze an assistive device or design a transport device suited to a specific activity.
Ready-made challenges and projects where students consider how advertisements and social media can eliminate attitudinal barriers and stereotypes faced by people with disabilities and create their own advertisement or social media campaign to promote inclusion.
Ready-made challenges and projects where students learn about the importance of policies and practices to support full inclusion of people with disabilities in education and the electoral process.
Ready-made challenges and projects where students discuss the value of sport and physical fitness and consider how exercise and sports can be made accessible to help eliminate barriers for people with disabilities
In this lesson students will examine 3 Olympic Game case studies to learn how policy changes can positively impact historically marginalized groups.
In this lesson students complete an accessibility review of their school and discuss how physical accessibility is an important equity issue.
In small groups students research accessible travel planning tips and tools. They analyze a vacation package while applying principles of tourism and travel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this lesson students work in small groups to create an accessibility plan that meets the needs of customers and employees with physical disabilities.
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.
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.
Students discuss quality of life factors for people with disabilities and identify challenges. Students will develop creative solutions.
Meet Jessica Kruger, a Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador. Before her accident, Jessica was an active 14 year old. She played basketball, softball, and did cheer leading. Jessica was working for a small painting company and found herself two stories up on a ladder when she fainted and fell to the ground, becoming a quadriplegic. In rehab, she dealt with the frustrations of living in a wheelchair, but soon realized that people in wheelchairs could do all the same things as someone able-bodied, just in a different way.