VIDEO: Celebrating Different Ways of Learning at Point Road School
The seventh annual Different Learners Day helps teach third graders to accept classmates who have different learning challenges.
Over the course of one day this week, Point Road third graders got to hear about what it's like living with cerebral palsy, how hard it is to shoot a basket with one arm and that having cochlear implants can be pretty cool.
As part of the seventh annual Different Learners Day on March 14, students also got to meet and learn about seeing eye dogs, learn how difficult it is to maneuver in wheelchairs and how to say "giraffe" in sign language.
"This day is great," said Julie Ford, the district's guidance counselor who helped organize the event. "But we want students to carry through these ideas into future situations."
Third grade classes rotated through five rooms where they learned about different disabilities. In each room the students participated in hands on activities that were specifically designed to give them a glimpse of what it would be like to live with a particular disability. The disabilities featured include physical, learning, developmental hearing and vision.
Patch's video show some highlights from the day, including Monmouth County Seeing Eye Dog Foster Parents and CBA student Nick Ciccone who teaches sign language.