topic two – disability
Respect for life should include a respect for people, whoever they
are. With advances in scientific knowledge it is possible for a
mother to know if her baby is to be born with a disability and to
face the choice between having an abortion or allowing her child
to be born. Yet none of us is perfect, though some disabilities
may be more easily hidden than others, e.g. shyness and short-sightedness.
Also any of us could suddenly become disabled through an accident.
There are many examples of what people with disabilities have achieved.
This topic highlights the qualities of character needed to overcome
It could be asked whether the able-bodied show as much courage
when meeting difficulties as the disabled. The class might consider
the things which they say they cannot do and ask themselves whether
they are living to their full potential. This raises the question
of whether society would be richer or poorer without the example
of those who can be seen to be overcoming great odds.
Activity one is an example of how this topic could
be introduced. There is a choice of two further group activities
for which you will need plans of the school and local maps.
In addition to the resource sheets, there is also material in module
R1 M2 topic 4, which deals with common prejudices about disabled
people. The video The 3Rs of Family Life (section
3) gives more examples. You may also have your own resources.
This can be done individually or in pairs with each pupil being
given a copy of worksheet 3 on page 9
- I can't do that and one resource
story from pages 13 and 14 or similar ones of your own. Other
good examples are Good Vibrations which is the story of
Evelyn Glennie, the deaf percussionist; Born without Limbs
by Kenneth Kavanagh about Arthur MacMurrough Kavanagh, a family
man and farmer who became a British Member of Parliament in the
late 1860s, before artificial limbs were available.