SHEDDING NEW LIGHT ON
DISABILITIES - 03/03/06
When the Trinity Student
Council for Exceptional Children sponsored its third annual Disability
Awareness Week February 27-March 3, students learned the truth about what
life is like for individuals with disabilities.
The week began with disability
simulations, in which students wore placards describing disabilities,
such as blindness, hearing and visual impairments, fine motor skill disabilities,
and cerebral palsy. On Wednesday, they encountered non-manifested abilities,
such as learning disorders, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and auditory
processing. The movie showing of "I Am Sam," provided students with another
type of learning experience.
"It is important to (understand)
observable disabilities, but many students have hidden disabilities, as
well as ones that are evident," said Patti Powell, director of the Alexander
DeJong Center for Special Education at Trinity. "We wanted to acknowledge
and support students who live with disabilities every day."
The Grand Lobby hummed with
excitement Friday evening as Trinity students joined teenagers from Elim
Christian School at a Hawaiian dance. Participants did the limbo and line-
danced their way into new friendships.
"The dance provided an opportunity
to break down barriers and (for students to get to) know each other on
personal level," said Powell. "It is exciting that Disability Awareness
Week has become an annual event on campus. I feel that we all have learned
a lot and awareness of disabilities has been raised at Trinity following
these events," she added.
The Sign Language Club also
participated in the week's activities by signing at Praise and Worship
Thursday night. Students took the opportunity to share stories about their
The Council for Exceptional
Children strives to improve the educational outcomes of children with disabilities,
while preparing teachers for Christ-like service in special education.
The Council believes that all children bear the image of God regardless
of their physical or mental conditions and diligently reinforces that belief
to students and teachers.