What is Avenues to Understanding?
Avenues to Understanding is a free disability awareness educational program for children and young adults created by Easter Seals Wisconsin.
What is the Program Goal?
The goal of Avenues to Understanding is to promote the inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities in society by helping Wisconsin’s youth to be more comfortable with their peers with disabilities and to gain more understanding of the types of architectural and attitudinal barriers that people with disabilities encounter daily.
Who Can Participate?
Public and private schools, Scout troops, faith and community-based youth groups, Key Clubs and Builders Clubs, etc., will find that they can take the concepts presented in Avenues to Understanding and explore them within their classroom or group. The free Educator’s Guide has lesson plans, discussion starters, research and essay ideas, and suggested activities for young people from age 3-18.
When does Avenues to Understanding take place? How long does it take?
Avenues to Understanding can be implemented at any time during the year. Teachers and group leaders can pick and choose from among the ideas and activities suggested, molding the program to fit any available time frame. Suggestions are also offered for working disability awareness concepts into standard curriculum.
We hope you will join us in presenting these important life lessons to young people across Wisconsin. Please contact Mary Statz for the free Educator’s Guide and Resource materials and any questions you have regarding the curriculum.