A selection of lesson plans from the Disabled Access Friendly website.
1.I am a woman.......and disabled
How easy is it for people with disabilities to find jobs? In this lesson learners are prompted to reflect on their own attitudes towards people with disabilities, by reading Alice’s letter to a woman’s magazine, in which she talks about her experience of discrimination in the workplace against people with disabilities. Reading comprehension, writing and speaking exercises follow and learners will practise giving opinions, agreeing and disagreeing. Teacher’s notes and an answer key are provided.
2. Anna’s new job
We meet Anna, who gives us some personal information about herself, and tells us she is excited about her new job at the library. She mentions that she is a wheelchair user. After reading comprehension questions, learners discuss various statements that will prompt them to think critically about their attitudes towards people with a mobility disability, and to question general stereotypes about people with disabilities. They also think about what kind of questions would be appropriate or inappropriate to ask Anna. By using this worksheet learners will practise using the present and past simple and the future with will and going to.
3. Choosing a WAV
Have you ever thought about wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs)? In this lesson learners think about how a standard car could be converted to make it more accessible for a wheelchair user. They watch a video clip and compare the features of two different wheelchair accessible vehicles and describe the benefits of their various features. This leads on to an exercise providing practice in how to make recommendations by talking about different features and benefits. Learners then work in pairs for a role play, which is a discussion between a WAV salesman and a customer. Teacher’s notes and an answer key are provided.
4. Access all areas
Wheelchair users have to do the same things as everybody else, like go shopping or go to the bank. In this reading text we learn how David, a wheelchair user, was given the choice of conducting his banking business in the street or going to another bank. Although the bank had a sign saying it was wheelchair accessible, this was not the case. Exercises on the meaning of signs, word building and compound nouns follow. Questions for discussion encourage learners to think about David’s feelings and also about wheelchair accessibility in their own hometown. A glossary and answer key are provided.
Carol Everhard and Katie Quartano