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Intellectual Disabilities Unit

Introduction to Understanding Our Differences

Watch this very quick video about Understanding Our Differences to find out more about this program!

You will be learning about Intellectual Disabilities soon!

  • In this unit, you will learn that people with intellectual disabilities are unique from each other but can have multiple challenges, including language, academic, social and motor skills, and activities of daily living
  • People with intellectual disabilities can do many things, but it sometimes may take them longer to learn how to do them.
  • People with intellectual disabilities have hopes, dreams, and goals like everyone else and are able to live very productive lives.
  • You will have the chance to hear a guest speaker with an intellectual disability talk about their life. You will also have a chance to ask the guest speaker some questions, too.
  • You will learn that every member of our community wants to be treated with respect, be included, and to have friends.

Get Ready! Meet some kids with Down syndrome, a type of intellectual disability in this video:
Friends Like Me video clips 

In these video clips some of the children have Down syndrome. People with Down syndrome are born with it. You will also hear from their friends, family and classmates. There are questions to think about after the video clips.

After the video, here are questions to think about:

  1. What were some of the things we learned about Chuck? What did his friends say about him?
  2. Did Chuck and his friends share a common interest?
  3. Do you think Chuck felt included?

After the video clip, here are questions to think about:

  1. What did Melissa hope about her test?  Have you felt that way?
  2. What did her fellow Girl Scouts think about her?  
  3. What are some of the things Melissa likes to do? 

Coming Up Next…your unit presentation will happen soon!

Can you think of questions you might have for the guest speaker?  We’ll see you soon!

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