AGED 752- Disability Sensitivity Exercise Disability Sensitivity Exercise Directions: Students will experience one disability first-hand this semester. The assignment involves developing a rating scale which will be used to evaluate the experience, executing a number of “typical daily activities” while being disabled, and writing a summary of the experience (3 page maximum length accepted). In your summary be sure to include the date, time, and the place you experienced your disability. The summary should also address how federal legislation has impacted accessibility for persons with physical disabilities. The summary should reflect high academic standards and showcase your ability to synthesize and analyze information collected on the rating sheet, through first- hand experience, from readings, and from class. Part 1: Develop a rating scale. This should be done individually. Develop a unique rating form to allow you to easily assess the encounters a person with a disability might have while performing tasks that are typical parts of everyday life. Your rating scale must include three columns. The first column will identify the activities you want to try, the second column will include your thoughts on what you think will happen while trying to complete the activities in column one, and the third column will include what you actually experienced while completing the activities and anecdotal notes. Your rating scale will be turned in with your summary; the scale does not count towards your 3 page maximum length. Develop your rating form to reflect some of the issues covered in class and through your readings. It should be easy to use and clear to interpret. Part 2: Rules for the Assignment- (1) You may utilize any service available to assist you in completing this exercise. (2) You may inform people that this is an exercise for a college project. (3) You cannot become undisabled if something is hard or inconvenient (for example peek for vision, say time out, etc.) (4) Select a partner (family member or friend) that will be able to assist you during the assignment. Your partner is there to make sure you DO NOT injure yourself. Also, this person will be able to provide you insight on how you behaved while experiencing your disability. (5) Your partner is not there to be the “sense” you have lost, this means he or she does not hold your arm and guide you or talk to another person for you. Part 3: Experience a Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disability (Choose one option only) Option 1-Experience a Vision Disability (have someone with you for safety) 1. Choose the location you will experience the disability (it can be home, at work, or in a public place if you are brave enough). 2. According to your rating scale, attempt to perform your activities you have selected. Option 2- Experience a Hearing Loss (To be done individually) 1. Choose a day that is relatively typical and busy (be sure it includes a social situation). 2. Insert a snugly fitting ear plug in each ear (you will still be able to hear, but not normally). 3. Spend the next 3 consecutive hours going about your normal business. Option 3- Experience a Speech or Language Disability (To be done individually) 1. Choose a day that is relatively typical and busy (be sure it includes a social situation). 2. Rule: You can verbally speak to anyone you want, BUT you may not use any word that has the letter “S” in it. 3. You may communicate nonverbally in any way you choose, with no restrictions. 4. Spend the next 3 consecutive hours going about your normal business.
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