Elementary Students Learn To Value Their Abilities
For Special Needs Awareness Week, Cassidy Elementary students went through different simulations, momentarily learning the daily struggles of others.
A deaf parent taught kids what it’s like to be deaf, through an interpreter.
They also learned not to take balance for granted.
"When I got the bat, I got really dizzy, and it was really hard to stay on my feet and steady," said Sara Shadwick, a Cassidy 5th grader.
Wearing eye-masks, 5th graders grew frustrated trying to put a puzzle together.
"I’d probably get angry all the time, and I wouldn’t know what to do, and I’d probably need a lot of help," said Henry Berkely, a Cassidy 5th grader.
With cotton balls on their finger tips, the students learned to value their sense of touch.
"I feel sad for people who have this, because if something’s really soft, or you have a pet, and you want to pet it, you can’t really feel how they, can’t really feel the fur," said Nikolai Zivkoavic a Cassidy 5th grader.
While trying to navigate a wheel chair through a make-believe lunch line, kids struggled to turn the corners.
The students say this experience opened their eyes.
"Some people don’t have what we have, it’s harder for them," said Lydia Klumb, a Cassidy 5th grader.
The kids all say they will be more patient and helpful in the future.