If you work with children and would like support raising awareness of disability amongst children, there are many resources available online to support you. This resource page provides links to information, activities and videos that are appropriate for use with children.
These resources were collated by the Disability Action Alliance ‘Raising disability awareness amongst children’ project group, and will continue to be added to over time.
You can also download these resources and more in the DAA’s Disability Awareness for Children information pack using the link below:
The Sky Badger Schools Awards include a series of lessons and games specially designed to help pupils develop empathy, rather than sympathy, for children with disabilities, illnesses, and special educational needs. The classroom activities are designed for 4-11 year olds and range in duration from 30 minutes to whole-day events. Afterwards, school’s efforts are rewarded with a Bronze, Silver or Gold Sky Badger Awards certificate: the more lessons and games completed, the bigger the award.
The ‘Are We Nearly There Yet’ leaflet, pages 1 & 4 pages 2 & 3, provides advice to secondary schools on how to ensure that they are fully accessible. This leaflet was produced in light of a survey of 100 wheelchair using school students in 2001. The survey revealed a lack of access and disability equality experienced by the students. For the full report email Eleni Burgess, firstname.lastname@example.org. Anticipate paying £4 including postage.
The Disability Equality In the Classroom ‑ A Human Rights Issue handbook for teachers compiles some of the best thinking by disabled people about our history, current issues, language, images, and culture. The last section of the handbook includes ideas about how to bring disability into the classroom as an issue of equality.
The ‘Disability Equality: promoting positive attitudes through the teaching of the national curriculum’ research paper was produced by the Children’s Society 2009 and makes for interesting reading.
The Altogether Better pack contains a booklet and video which explains clearly why it is important to educate disabled children in mainstream schools. It includes useful graphics, cartoons and arguments for inclusive education. The film clips can be used in classes.
Scope has a number of classroom resources to download for primary school teachers. Resources include:
- Key stage 1 for educators supporting inclusion of disabled children.
- Imagine the Difference – diversity teaching resource
- Help children at Key Stages 1 and 2 understand that every human being is different, and that difference is a positive thing.
The Cromwell Center have developed a video showing a filmed session about inclusion. The video builds on the Cromwell Center’s experiences working with people with all kinds of disabilities – learning, behavioral, emotional, developmental, and physical. By working with children they aim to raise levels of respect, acceptance and opportunity to create safer, more inclusive classrooms for everyone.
This Primary School presentation package could count towards the Personal and Social Education (PSE) Area of Learning (or PHSE in England*). It intends to encourage children to become personally, emotionally and socially effective and to be confident in their relationships with the disabled. It also helps to them develop a greater understanding of their place in the community and of its interdependent nature. All school sessions have a strong focus on tackling the issues surrounding bullying. Ongoing support and mentoring can be provided where required.
Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All Inclusive PE Training is a Paralympic legacy initiative that provides free training and resources to teachers, trainee teachers and other school staff. The programme is designed to support PE teachers in mainstream schools to include young disabled people within the PE curriculum. Resources for Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, please click here. You can also contact AK4A@efds.co.uk.
Bournemouth University has a range of Seen But Seldom Heard videos available to view on their You Tube channel. As well as a short ‘taster’ of the Seen but Seldom Heard documentary which can be seen below.
The charity Contact a Family have written some useful leaflets to help support and encourage family members with a disabled child. They have four PDF guides, which are available on the SENDirect website
Kids Alzheimer’s Research UK has some interesting information on their website for children and young people who are looking to learn more about dementia. This is split into three sections which you can view using these links: Young Kids, Juniors, or Teens.
DR UK publishes “Into Further Education” which is updated every year and is available on the DR UK website
Key stage 1/EYFS
This Teacher’s Guide is full of activities that can be used in class. They can also be used in KS2 classes. Topics covered include how to discuss disability, representations of disabled people in stories and steriotypes.
Enhance the Uk workshops for children in Key stage 1 are unique in that they allow children to think about similarities and differences between each other as well as people with disabilities. Children have the opportunity to recognise that people with disabilities are similar to themselves in many ways and value the differences that people with disabilities may have. They have an opportunity to engage with the trainers and ask questions about their disabilities. The ethos of the workshop is supportive and inclusive.
Key Stage 3-4
Disability Hate Crimes and the Crown Prosecution Service Guidance for Teachers provides lesson plans related to raising disability awareness. It also provides a step-by-step guide to delivering the lessons.
Enhance the UK work with a group of children aged 8-13 years old. The video in this link is a montage of a day of Disability awareness with kids aged 8-13, and shows just how engaged they were with it.
World of Inclusion have available a number of resources to help raise disability in the secondary curriculum. It comprises of a web-based resource for schools and teachers compiled by Richard Rieser.
Below you can download some of the materials that have been developed with schools working on the project:
- Disabled People who have made a Difference. download
- Impairment, Barriers and Solutions. download
- Language and Terminology. download
- Making Sense of Disability. download
- Resources to Promote Disability Equality in the Curriculum. download
- Understanding Disability – The Social Model of Disability and Human Rights. download
- Ways of Promoting Positive Attitudes Toward Disabled People For Pupils. download
- When part of your body does not work KS2. download
Resources for Secondary English:
- Poems with a disability focus. download
- English Work in KS3 and KS4. download
- Examples in the news. download
- Hacked Off – A Journalist’s guide to disability. download
- Stereotypes – Defying stereotypes: the way forward. download
- What is in the Headlines? download
- A case of human rights by Simon Brisenden. download
- Richard III and the portrayal of disability. download
This page was updated on 29/3/16. If you know of any other resources you would like added to this page please do let us know.