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Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls' Students Learn about Disabilities
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Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls' Students Learn about Disabilities

Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls 5th graders participated in a program on March 31, 2011 presented by Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara to learn about people with disabilities.  The program was provided through the Mary Frawley Memorial Grant awarded from the New York State Association of Day Service Providers to Opportunities Unlimited. 

Presenters Jennifer McFarland, Karen Wallace and Bobby Golding spoke with students about intellectual and developmental disabilites and gave students the opportunity to spend a few minutes learning what it is like to have a disability.  Students wore dark goggles, ill-fitting gloves, arm braces or a brick tied to one foot and were asked to do simple tasks like write their name, hand out papers or pick up a puzzle piece. 

In one activity the students were asked to draw a picture to go with a poem that was written in many different languages.  Students discussed the challenges faced by those with disabilties and gained insight into the difficulties many individuals must overcome in order to carry out a productive, fulfilling life.  Bobby Golding spoke with the students about his disabilities and goals he is working toward through Opportunities Unlimited. 

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