topic four: personal attitudes (continued)
to the teacher
As in topic three, this topic gives the opportunity to increase
the sensitivity of the pupils to those who have particular difficulties
or are different in some obvious way in order that they might understand
themselves and others better. It is important to remember that whatever
the perceived problems there is still the need in everyone to be
accepted for him/herself.
The quotes from young people with disabilities (resource
sheet 1 - page 13) give valuable insights into their thinking
and real needs which are often misunderstood.
If topic three has not been done, it would be helpful to talk about
the fact that outward appearances can be deceptive. See if the pupils
themselves have experienced being pre-
judged by others because they appeared to be different in some way
and how this affected them. Then move on to A. If needed, the World
Health Organisation's definitions of disability and handicap can
be found at the beginning of topic three.
A Give the class worksheet 2 on page
12 - What is my attitude? When they have answered
questions 1-5c they should pool their ideas in small discussion
groups with a report back to the class if time allows.
B Return to the worksheet and answer questions 6-10.
C Give them resource sheet 1 (page 13)
'I have feelings' on which they will find answers
to the same questions given by a group of teenagers with various
What do they notice are the differences?
What is the same?
Does anything surprise them?
Would they now answer any of questions 1-5c differently? Which ones