James Hill Elementary student Remy Hinze learns how to use a wheelchair during the Try On A Disability day. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times

VIDEO: James Hill students ‘try on’ a disability

Langley Pos-Abilities Society brings TOAD program to school for respect and diversity week

Students at James Hill Elementary experienced firsthand what it’s like to be blind, to be an amputee and to be paralyzed, at an interactive event on Friday.

The Langley Pos-Abilities Society brought their Try On A Disability (TOAD) program to the school to teach kids about some of the challenges people with disabilities face.

Students had to spread jam on a cracker with just one hand, pour a glass of water while blindfolded, and make their way through an obstacle course in a wheelchair.

“In Langley schools this week it’s respect and diversity week, so part of that diversity is understanding that there are people with a variety of different abilities,” said James Hill principal Chris Wejr.

“We want them to have more of an understanding of what it’s like to have different abilities, and that we all have differences.”

This is the first time the society has brought TOAD to a school, and they are hopeful the program can be expanded to all students in Langley, said Zosia Ettenberg, found of Langley Pos-Abilities Society.

“What we’re trying to do as our mission is to get people to integrate those with disabilities into their lives as friends, because we all have the same desires and wants. And quite often, because of the barriers we have in the community, it leaves us out of the loop,” Ettenberg said.

“If the kids are sensitized at an early age, then it will carry on through their lives, and people will be integrated. As I said to them in the beginning, what they’re to learn today is ‘person first, disability last’ and to not define someone by their disability.”

The Langley Pos-Abilities Society is also hosting a ‘name that toad’ contest to come up with a name for their new TOAD mascot. Those who’d like to participate can email Rose at rose@pos-abilities.org. The winner will be announced in April, and will be honoured at their upcoming annual general meeting with a certificate and small gift.



miranda@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

James Hill Elementary student Remy Hinze learns how to use a wheelchair during the Try On A Disability day. Miranda Gathercole Langley Times

Just Posted

Toad tour comes up dry in Langley

Hot weather blamed for absence of toadlets near breeding area

VIDEO: History of Langley pioneer Philip Jackman comes alive in new novel

Book by Virginia Cooke details the life of Jackman, a Royal Engineer and Reeve of Langley

Trinity Western University players help Canada to second medal ever at Pan Am Cup

With the medal, Canadian team also qualifies for the 2019 Pan American Games

Aldergrove Fair Days gets ‘Down on the Farm’

Something for everyone at the 106th annual Aldergrove Fair

UPDATE: Strong showing by Langley Selects at 10-day tournament

Twelve teams competed in round-robin series

VIDEO: Visual recap of Vancouver Island MusicFest

Walk Off The Earth, Passenger, Arlo Guthrie among highlights

Temperature records break across southern B.C. as heat continues

Whistler broke a 70-year-old record high of 32.2 C with a temperature of 32.9 C

1 man missing after going over falls in Golden Ears Provincial Park

One got out after two went into water in park north of Maple Ridge

5 to start your day

Police seek teen after attack on elderly man, builder of new Pattullo Bridge to be chosen and more

Police seek teen after elderly man left with ‘life altering’ injuries

RCMP believe the male teen is a ‘person of interest’ in the case

Hawaii volcano boat tours continue after ‘lava bomb’ injuries

“An explosion occurred near the shoreline hurling hot lava rocks towards the boat and injuring several passengers.”

Trump returns from summit with Putin to forceful criticism

“Shameful,” ”disgraceful,” ”weak,” were a few of the comments. Makes the U.S. “look like a pushover,” said GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Obama to deliver Mandela address in likely rebuke to Trump

Former U.S. President Barack Obama Monday praised Kenya’s president and opposition leader for working together but said this East African country must do more to end corruption.

Most Read