Interchange School Activities
Many of us take for granted the things we are able to do. However everyday activities like catching public transport, working or going to a local cafe maybe challenging for a person with a disability, not so much because of their disability, but because of the attitudes and barriers that make access and inclusion difficult.
Interchange Activities is an experiential learning approach aimed at creating greater awareness, understanding and acceptance by promoting discussion and involvement. It's also about celebrating diversity and creating more inclusive and accessible communities for people with a disability. The activities will also give participants the opportunity to experience diversity in their own abilities.
The Activities are interactive, fun and simple to ensure anyone from school children to adults can participate. The activities are not meant to cover all the challenges and opportunities people with a disability face, but an appreciation for what it might be like to have a disability. The Interchange Activities will not only challenge people, but also allow them to discover ways and opportunities to overcome the difficulties they are faced with during the activity.
Discussing people's thoughts and feelings after the activity is an important part in recognizing the challenges and valuing the contributions made by people with a disability.
There is also a Pre & Post Assessment form which is aimed at measuring the effectiveness of the Activities and Interchange Cards with contact details which can be given out to participants.
Pre & Post Assessment Form
It is vital that the Pre and Post Assessment form in filled out before and after each activity. This will ensure we can measure the impact and benefits as well as continue to improve the activities each year.
The Pre & Post Assessment will measure whether:
- There is increased awareness and understanding about disability.
- There is increased recognition that people with disability deserve the same opportunities as everyone else.
- There is increased willingness to volunteer or support people with a disability and their carers.
Instructions to the facilitator:
Please conduct the Pre-Assessment before any of the activities commence and then Post-Assessment after all the activities have been completed. Place 5 chairs around the room and place numbers 1 to 5 in each chair. Each number represents the following.
1.I agree 100%
2.I agree 50%
3.I am not sure
4.I dont' agree 50%
5.I dont' agree 100%
Ensure the participants understand the meaning of the numbers. As you read each statement below, record in each box, the NUMBER of participants that stand at each chair (1 - 5).
YOU CAN EITHER FILL IN THE ONLINE EVALUATION BELOW OR DOWNLOAD THE ASSESSMENT FORM AND FAX IT TO INTERCHANGE VICTORIA.