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Disability & Diversity Awareness

Bobwhite Patrol's exploration of disability and diversity inclusion in the scouting program and beyond...
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Cody Oher

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Transcript of Disability & Diversity Awareness

Disability/Diversity
Awareness and Inclusion BOBWHITE PATROL Wood Badge S7-598-11-1 Disability Etiquette Just because someone has a disability, don’t assume he needs help. If the setting is
accessible, people with disabilities can usually get around fine. Adults with disabilities want to be treated as independent people. Offer assistance only if the person appears to need it. And if he does want help, ask how before you act. Ask Before You help Some people with disabilities depend on their arms for balance. Grabbing them—even if your intention is to assist—could knock them off balance. Avoid patting a person on the head or touching his wheelchair, scooter or cane. People with disabilities consider their equipment part of their personal space. Be sensitive about physical contact It’s okay to use common expressions when
talking to people with disabilities. For example,
saying, “It was good to see you,” and “See you
later,” to a person who is blind is acceptable;
they use these expressions all the time! Always speak directly to the person with a disability, not to his companion, aide or sign language interpreter. Making small talk with a person who has a disability is great; just talk to him as you would with anyone else. Respect his privacy. If you ask about his
disability, he may feel like you are treating him as a disability, not as a human being. (However, many people with disabilities are comfortable with children’s natural curiosity and do not mind if a child asks them questions.) Think Before You Speak Don't Make Assumptions People with disabilities are the best judge of what they can or cannot do. Don’t make decisions for them about participating in any activity. Depending on the situation, it could be a violation of
the ADA to exclude people because of a presumption
about their limitations. Put the person first.

- Say “person with a disability” rather than “disabled person.”
- Say “people with disabilities” rather than “the disabled.”
- Say “wheelchair user,” rather than “confined to a wheelchair” or “wheelchair bound.”
- The wheelchair is what enables the person to get around and participate in society; it’s liberating, not confining.
- Avoid outdated terms like “handicapped” or “crippled.”
- Be aware that many people with disabilities dislike jargony, euphemistic terms like “physically challenged” and “differently abled.” Individuals do have their own preferences. If you are not sure what words to use, ask. INCLUDING
EVERYONE Scenario 1 How would you play the game "Duck, Duck, Goose"
with a Cub Scout who is blind? Scenario 2 How would you play the game "Steal the Bacon" with a Boy Scout who uses a wheel chair? How would you assist an obese Venturing scout
prepare for a rigorous back packing trip with his crew? How would you work with a Varsity scout who appears to be economically disadvantaged and who never wears a uniform to scout meetings? How would you to teach a merit badge to a Sea Scout who is deaf? Scenario 3 Scenario 4 Scenario 5 **Advocacy means being on someone’s side and no-one else’s
** Being primarily concerned with their fundamental needs
** Remaining loyal and accountable to them in a way which is understanding and
strong. ADVOCACY MYTHS & MISCONCEPTIONS Myths and misconceptions about disabilities are common. These incorrect assumptions are often triggered by fear, lack of
understanding and/or prejudice.

Promoting negative images of a disability is a form of discrimination because it creates barriers to full citizenship for
people who have a disability. Myth #1: A person’s disability defines who they are as an individual. People often label individuals with a disability according to their condition or limitations.

Fact: It is common in our daily lives to hear references such as “the disabled” or “the epileptic.” Individuals with disabilities are people first. Remember the slogan “Label Jars, Not People.” Myth #2: People with disabilities are sick and in
constant pain.

Fact: People with disabilities are like people without
disabilities. People get sick on occasion or sometimes may be
in pain. People with disabilities typically do not suffer or experience pain due to their condition. Myth #3: People with disabilities are brave, courageous and inspirational for living
with their disability.

Fact: People with disabilities are often portrayed as superhuman or courageous as
they triumph over adversity. George Covington, a writer who is blind, has said,
“We’re seen as inspirational, and inspiration sells like hotcakes. My disability isn’t a
burden: having to be so darned inspirational is.” Myth #4: People with disabilities are special and should be treated differently.

Fact: The label of “special” in reference to a person with a disability does not convey equality. Expectations for success should not be underestimated to accommodate the “special” label that is associated with people with disabilities. Myth #5: People with disabilities are dependent and always need help.

Fact: People with disabilities may require help on occasion; however, disability does not mean dependency. It is always a good strategy not to assume a person with a disability needs assistance. Just ask! INCLUSION CAN AND SHOULD OCCUR... LOOK AT ME... NOT MY DISABILITY
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