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What happens when your wheelchair won't fit in a movie theater or you can't see well enough to cross streets safely? Make a safe, miniature scene that's accessible.
Have students read about people who have disabilities. Students can interview people they know who face challenges with their mobility, hearing, sight, or other capacities. Students discuss what they learned about how they adapt their lives and surroundings to achieve independence. Focus on their abilities and resourcefulness.
In the United States, The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 requires federal and government agencies, as well as private businesses, to make reasonable accommodations (changes to their properties) so that their services are accessible to people with disabilities. Most sidewalks, stores, and stadiums have ramps. Guide dogs are allowed in most restaurants. Elevator floor number signs are also written in Braille. Public restrooms have wheelchair access. Traffic lights signal when to cross with bird songs as well as colored lights. Have students discuss other changes they have noticed.
Make a model of a city street or a building that is accessible.
To make sidewalk, use Crayola® Scissors to cut layers of cardboard. Stack them in the corner of a larger cardboard base. Secure with Crayola School Glue. Build a sidewalk ramp. Glue and air dry.
Use Crayola Washable Window or Gel Markers to draw sidewalk seams and color the sidewalk. Cover a thin strip of paper with Gel marker. Glue to the edge of sidewalk. Air dry.
With Crayola Model Magic, sculpt a traffic signal. Use a drinking straw for extra support if it is on a post. Add a tiny bird on top if you like. Air dry overnight.
Cover the work area with recycled newspaper. Paint the street, traffic signal, and bird using Crayola Washable Paint and Paint Brushes. Air dry.
Make buildings with recycled boxes. Cut construction paper to fit all around them. Create windows and doors by cutting rectangles and squares from colored construction paper. Fold paper to create wide doors that open, store signs, steps, or awnings. Attach with glue. Air dry.
Use Washable Window or Gel Markers to create bricks and building details. Add window trim and signs. Create roofs with construction paper or cardboard (peel off a layer of paper from corrugated cardboard for a rippled roof). Add any other accommodations to make your buildings or street more accessible. Glue on and air dry.
Cut red, green, and yellow traffic lights from construction paper. Glue onto the traffic signal. Air dry.
Use Model Magic to sculpt a person with disabilities who is using the facility. You might make a seeing eye dog and a sight-impaired pedestrian, or someone in a wheelchair or on crutches, for example. Make a collar and leash for the seeing eye dog with chenille sticks.
Display your scene with a title and list of all the accommodations you included.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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