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Celebrating Special Needs

God makes each person special—a unique creation whom He planned from the beginning of time. God does not make mistakes. In our world, it is so important that we learn to respect the dignity of every human person, no matter our differences. Unfortunately, people with disabilities experience a great amount of discrimination, including bullying. People with disabilities deserve the same love and support as everyone else. God has a special plan for every single person, no matter what our abilities.

Grades PK-3

PK, TK & Kinder Lesson Plan

The children will learn about the unique beauty and goodness of each person regardless of appearance or ability. They will learn to celebrate differences.

Grades PK-K Friday Celebrating Special Needs Lesson Plan.pdf

Grades 1-3 Lesson Plan

The children will learn about the unique beauty and goodness of each person regardless of appearance or ability. They will learn to celebrate differences.

Grades 1-3 Friday Celebrating Special Needs Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

The Crippled Lamb

Story of a little lamb born with a disability.

You Are Special

Story of a little boy made of wood who is treated like an outcast.

Special Books by Special Kids

Meet Griffin and Turner in this video.

I Am A Child of God

Sing and dance along with this catchy tune.

Grades 4-6

Grades 4-6 Lesson Plan

The children will learn about the unique beauty and goodness of each person regardless of appearance or ability. They will learn to celebrate differences.

Grades 4-6 Friday Celebrating Special Needs Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

We’re the Superheros 

Watch the amazing Paralympics video.

Dear Future Mom

For the mom who might one day have a child with Down Syndrome.

Grades 7-9

Grades 7-9 Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the importance of loving and reverencing those who are different from us. Students will learn to recognize that every person is unique and created by God and loved for who they are. They will learn that our physical appearance and abilities cannot change our irrevocable dignity.

Grades 7-9 Friday Celebrating Special Needs Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

We’re the Superheros 

Watch the amazing Paralympics video.

Dear Future Mom

For the mom who might one day have a child with Down Syndrome.

Butterfly Circus 

A short film that tells the story of a man who finds someone who recognizes his dignity.

Grades 10-12

Grades 10-12 Student Handout

Students will learn about the importance of loving and reverencing those who are different from us. Students will learn to recognize that every person is unique and created by God and loved for who they are. They will learn that our physical appearance and abilities cannot change our irrevocable dignity.

Grades 10-12 – Celebrating Special Needs.pdf

Resources

Yes I Can!

3-minute Paralympics 2016 video

Lizzy Velasquez

13-minute TEDx talk by the woman labeled “the ugliest woman in the world”

My Name is Deformed

6-minute video explains how a simple surgery can change lives and identities

Carly’s Cafe: An Experience with Autism

2-minute video offers a glimpse of life with autism

Don’t Be Awkward: How to Interact with People with Disabilities

3.5-minute video offers practical tips to be kind toward people with disabilities

The Butterfly Circus

23-minute short film starring Eduardo Verastegui and Nick Vujicic

Karen Gaffney

14.5-minute TEDx talk by a world-class swimmer with Down Syndrome

The Dignity of Disabled Lives

Community overcomes being perceived as different

Guidelines for Referring to People with Disabilities

Helps us use language that affirms human dignity

Dyslexia Experience

Website offers students an opportunity to see what it is like to read with dyslexia

Learn what it is like to have ADHD

Website uses the Stroop Effect

We Are Beautiful

1.5-minute video about conjoined twins who know they are beautiful

Amazing High School Gymnast 2-minute video

With just 1 leg, she competes in regular competitions

Gabe Adams

5-minute video of a remarkable young man born without arms or legs

Paul Smith

4.5-minute video of an elderly man who doesn’t let his cerebral palsy stop him

Happy

4-minute video for World Down Syndrome Day

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