High School Disability Awareness Curriculum

Why is this work important?

Awareness is the foundation of empathy. For learners of all ages to achieve a greater sense of empathy, they must first develop an awareness and appreciation of differences. Changing Perspectives curricula aim to reduce bullying and social isolation in schools by teaching about differences and supporting educators’ work to build inclusive communities within their classrooms and schools. The goal is to help each child recognize his or her uniqueness and challenges and, in doing so, to promote a deeper understanding, respect, and acceptance of all people.

In addition to our High School program, Changing Perspectives offers a K-8 Disability Awareness curriculum and a PreK Kindness & Empathy curriculum.

 

How does the program work?

All of our programs are designed to be flexible so educators can create, structure, and implement a program that supports their school’s goals for essential social-emotional learning.

Our High School Disability Awareness curriculum is designed to inspire an evolution from awareness to understanding to action. The program is divided into two main sections: Awareness and Call To Action.

Awareness offers two types of learning experiences, with book lists, discussion questions, role playing, and a video links library. Our SPARK!5 activities are designed to ignite interest and dialogue in 15 minutes or less, making them perfect for TA/homeroom periods. We also offer an array of 30-minute lessons organized into 12 Learning Modules:  

  • What is Empathy?

  • Language & History Around Disability

  • Assistive Technology

  • Autism

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Hearing & Vision Impairments

  • Social-Emotional Challenges

  • Mental Health

  • Physical Disability

  • Cognitive

  • Disability in the Media

  • Famous People with Disabilities

Students need opportunities to help them apply their learning to real-world problem solving. The Call To Action part of the curriculum invites students to create social change and encourage inclusion in their schools or communities. Changing Perspectives offers ideas, resources and tips to help educators facilitate active learning beyond the classroom.

One thing that sets Changing Perspectives apart from other curriculum-based programs is the availability of technical assistance and coaching for our partner educators (e.g., teachers, schools counselors, other adults facilitating the program). This support helps ensure that partner schools are able to implement Changing Perspectives in a way that makes sense for their student  populations. In addition, it gives educators opportunities to gain or hone the skills and strategies that support respect and inclusivity in their school communities. Learn more about Technical Assistance & Coaching.

 

What are the logistics and fees?

The process for becoming a Changing Perspectives partner school is simple: Start by calling (802) 356-3291 or e-mailing info@cpne.org. We will assign you a coach who can answer questions and walk you through the sign-up and implementation processes.

All Changing Perspectives materials and resources are accessed through a login protected educator portal. Program fees cover an annual subscription that runs from August 30 through June 30. Among other benefits, your subscription includes unlimited educator logins, an initial technical assistance consultation, and access to program resources and materials.

Our goal is to make our curricula available to any school that is interested in bringing this powerful program to its students. Program fees are based on the number of students who will be participating in the program, with individual coaching and/or group professional development available at an hourly rate. Keeping our program fees reasonable is a priority and we fundraise to support operating costs so we can keep fees within the reach of any school’s budget. If you are interested in learning more about program costs, please e-mail info@cpne.org.