Thursday, April 26, 2018

Disability Awareness Month: #BEYOUnique - Physical Impairments and Vision/Hearing Impairments

This week for disability awareness month our focus was on Physical Impairments
as well as  Vision and Hearing Impairments. The children learned:

  • In the US, about 74.6 million people have some type of physical disability.

•Assistive technology is vital to more than a third of people with disabilities being
able to take care of themselves at home.

•Coat's disease is a rare disease of the eyes.  It usually affect one eye.
If caught early, it can be successfully treated.  With no medical attention it can
lead to blindness.

•Sounds can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause
noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), but it can be prevented. Anyone can develop it.
 Researchers have estimated that in the U.S., as many as 17% of teens ages 12-19
have NIHL. NIHL is caused by short and long term exposure to loud noises,

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Disability Awareness Month! BEYOUnique

This week for disability awareness month our focus was on Autism awareness as well
as Speech and Language Disorders. The children learned:
  • One in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism.
  • Autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills,
repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths
and differences.
  • A speech and language disorder includes difficulties producing sounds, stuttering,
difficulty understanding others, difficulty sharing ideas/thoughts/feelings, and

Friday, April 13, 2018

Disability Awareness - This Week Genetic Disorders- BE YOUNIQUE

This week was week two of Windsor’s disability awareness month.  This week
we highlighted Rare Genetic Disorders.The students learned these two facts
on morning announcements this week.Besides Down Syndrome, there are
many other genetic disorders. Some are more common and some are very rare.
Some examples are: Cystic Fibrosis which is a condition that affects lungs.
Muscular Dystrophy which is a condition where a person’s muscles get weak.
Celiac disease which is an inability to eat gluten or wheat products.
Hurlers Syndrome which affect joint and organ cells.
Microcephaly which affects the brain. These are just a few genetic disorders.
Children with genetic disorders often have many doctor appointments.
They may see physical or occupational therapists. All children with genetic disorders
have the same emotions as everyone. They are happy when they are with family
and friends, sad when they feel left out, nervous in new situation... just like all of us!
Whether a disease is common or rare doesn’t make it any better or worse for the
person who is suffering from it, but in the case of a rare disease, it may take a doctor
longer to properly diagnose it.
There are estimated to be over 4000 human diseases caused by genetic disorders.
On morning announcements on Friday, the students listened to a teacher read
the book, We Are All Wonders, by R.J. Palacio.  

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Be YOUnique- April is Windsor's Disability Awareness Month!

As you know this school year’s school theme is, Who do you want to BE?  We have
learned many new words this year like; confident, caring, patient, and proud.  
The month of April is Disability Awareness month at Windsor School, so
this month we want to honor each student’s uniqueness, BE YOUnique.  
Each morning this month, students and teachers will share facts on morning
about different disabilities to raise awareness about the disability.  During our first
week, we learned several facts about Down Syndrome. The students learned, that
Down Syndrome is a genetic condition where a person is born with an extra
chromosome # 21. Everyone is different but many people with Down Syndrome
grow up to have jobs, live independently and enjoy normal recreational activities.
Down Syndrome is the most common chromosomal
condition. There are 400,000 people living with Down Syndrome in the United States

Watch for the HOME LINK on MONDAY about BE YOUnique!

There are many great resources available to learn more about Down Syndrome.

You can also buy a pair of fun socks for next year’s World Down Syndrome Day:

Video link: