K-8 Disability Awareness Curriculum

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

K-8 Sample Lesson PDF

K-8 Sample Lesson

Our flagship K-8 program is divided into three learning levels: grades K-2, grades 3-5, and grades 6-8. The program provides educators with a variety of curriculum resources, including original lesson plans, book lists, video links, literature units, simulation experiences, reflection activities, and more. 

K-8 lessons and resources are linked to Common Core Standards and align to eight disability categories outlined in IDEA and represent both visible and invisible disabilities: 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Cognitive Differences
  • Hearing Loss/Deafness
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Social/Emotional Impairments
  • Speech/Language Disabilities
  • Visual Impairments

The K-8 program has three parts:

  • Learn: This section of the curriculum is organized into eight disability categories plus introductory lessons that help educators lay the foundation for discussing disabilities in a safe, respectful way with all students. Within each disability category, teachers select the customizable curriculum resources they wish to use to help learners explore concepts related to visible and invisible disabilities.
  • Experience: Experiential learning is a powerful way to help students extend classroom learning to the real world. Educators have access to a slate of resources to help them organize hands-on learning through awareness events, simulation activities, and guest speakers that help students understand what living with a disability is truly like. 
  • Reflect: Through writing prompts, role playing activities, art projects, and class discussions, students reflect on their experiences, make connections, and show evidence of their growth in understanding.

In addition to our classroom curriculum materials, we also offer optional resources to help educators connect with families and extend learning beyond the classroom. Materials include, but are not limited to, parent newsletters, tips for holding a parent information event, and more. 

K-8  2016-2017 Impact Report
K-8 2015-2016 Impact Report