Disability Awareness Toolkit
Below is a list of resources that Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands recommends to educators as teaching tools. The list includes a variety of lesson plans, videos and reading materials for a variety of age groups. Please click on the bolded titles of each resource to be automatically directed to the website mentioned.
If you would like to have a DSA staff member give a presentation in our classroom or at your school, please email Leah Janke.
Just Like You Video: This is a highly recommended video to show to students. Below the video there is also a link to a discussion guide with talking points. The video features individuals with disabilities speaking about how they are just like their typical peers.
What is Down syndrome Video: This 5 minute video gives a great synopsis of Down syndrome. What it means when someone has it, differences and similarities you may notice. It is appropriate for anyone from grade school children to adults!
The Get Into It Programming from Special Olympics: Interactive, age-appropriate service-learning curriculum is designed to advance students’ civic knowledge and skill development, promote acceptance and understanding of people’s differences and to motivate them to become advocates for and together with all people. A quick account sign-up gives you a free access to all the material.
All About Inclusion: This booklet from The National Down Syndrome Society provides history, background, best practices, tips and strategies regarding inclusive practices within schools.
Lesson Plans by Grade: These lesson plans were created by a mom of a child with Down syndrome who is also a teacher. These lesson plans are available for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. This is a useful resource for teaching elementary students about Down syndrome, friendship, and acceptance. Note: There is a small fee of $5.50 for these materials.
Inclusion is Belonging Video: A short and sweet video (about a minute and a half) that talks about inclusion.
All About Me Booklet: This booklet is designed to help parents introduce their child with Down syndrome to their teachers. This 12 page booklet helps teachers better understand likes/dislikes, communication needs, strengths and learning needs. Educators, invite the parents of your student with Down syndrome to complete this valuable tool with your student!