Educating children and young adults about individuals with disabilities is important to remove the stigma that they are different and not “able.” Creating acceptance in younger generations helps foster a sense of community and inclusion.
That’s why, during DASA’s disability education sessions which are typically held in a school environment, those who attend learn how to interact with and understand children and adults with disabilities. They learn to treat them like everyone else and usually discover that they have more in common with each other than they realized.
Education & Message
DASA holds assemblies/presentations at schools that do Ability Awareness Days. Our send-home messages include:
- Disability doesn’t mean someone CAN’T do something.
- We all have abilities, but we all do those abilities differently.
- Everyone, disabled or non-disabled, has a different ability or a “diffability.”
- Even though someone’s legs don’t work the way yours do, they can still get into the room, they just do it differently.
- Don’t judge someone until you talk to them, you may find you have more in common than you think.
- Presenting only to an auditorium of kids or several different classrooms. $150
- Demonstration of equipment. We rotate several groups of students through 3-4 stations where the try out the adaptive athlete’s equipment. $300
Your support of DASA also supports our disabled community, as the funds from these sessions positively impact the lives of our DASA athletes and their families and help them thrive. DASA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
How You Can Help
Every year, DASA helps over 4000 children, adults, and injured military veterans, and their families transform their lives through athletics. They prove, time and again, that each of us has different abilities – diffabilities – and can adapt and achieve beyond our wildest dreams. You can help by partnering with us to spread the word and help these members of our community feel supported through education and outreach.
You can also donate, volunteer, become a sponsor, and attend our fundraising events. Go ahead – contact us to schedule a disability education presentation or demonstration and make a difference today.