Paralympic School Day
Higher Ground’s Paralympic School Day helps to maximize students’ awareness and understanding toward people with physical or cognitive disabilities. Students participating in this Wow Project will work alongside Higher Ground staff to plan and execute the day’s activities with various classrooms; in addition, Higher Ground would love to have the Wow participants film and edit a 2-3 minute video to capture the day’s events.
Each Paralympic School Day Experience is based on a 5 hour schedule; morning activities include a Paralympian’s personal story, followed by three physical activities including sitting volleyball, amputee football, and an adaptive equipment obstacle course. After lunch, students use blindfolds and goggles to simulate visual impairments, and for the final activity of the day, all students collaboratively create an art project to reflect on their feelings and experiences throughout the day’s activities.
Wow participants will work alongside Higher Ground staff to increase other students’ knowledge and awareness of Paralympic sports, create a better understanding of inclusion in physical education and activity in school, facilitate a change in perspective and attitude toward individuals with disabilities, and develop ideas with students about increasing opportunities for all people with disabilities.