Boca’s Calusa Elementary highlights Disability Awareness Month with inclusion tasks

BOCA RATON - Calusa Community Elementary School first-grade teacher Heather Gabso hugs Zoe McPherson, 7, on the first day of school Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003. (file photo by Chris Matula / Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON – Calusa Community Elementary School first-grade teacher Heather Gabso hugs Zoe McPherson, 7, on the first day of school Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003. (file photo by Chris Matula / Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — Students at Calusa Elementary School will do simple tasks with a twist today to simulate what it would be like to have a disability as part of the school’s effort to educate students during Disability Awareness Month.

They’re calling today “INCaLUSaION Day,” which spells the name of the school into the word inclusion. Students are asked to wear light blue and participate in a series of simple tasks, such as drawing with their non-dominant hand, navigating a short distance without being able to see and compete in games non-verbally or while being “over stimulated,” according to the school district.

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“We are creating learning opportunities so that our students can experience some of the barriers that our ESE students struggle with on a daily basis,” said Principal Dianne T. Rivelli-Schreiber in a statement.  “We are excited to facilitate and witness the learning that will go on as well as the compassion, empathy and acceptance that we hope to see grow moving forward.”

Students in grades 3-5 will also participate in panel discussions including individuals with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities.

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