Resources on Disability

  • These following lesson plans and resources were compiled by the Office of Equity as a representative sampling of approaches that teachers may utilize to help students talk about topics related to social justice and equity. The below resources are presented as a sampling of approaches to this topic and are not endorsed by the Boston Public Schools or the BPS Office of Equity.

    Prior to utilizing any of these lessons or resources in the classroom, please refer to the Office of Equity's Guidelines for the Use of Offensive Terms in the Classroom document. If you would like assistance with these resources, please contact our office at 617-635-9650 or bpsequity@bostonpublicschools.org.

    Elementary

    Lesson Name Description Suggested Grades
    What is a Disability?

    This lesson helps students increase knowledge about people with disabilities and explore ways to sensitively communicate with people with disabilities. (Teaching Tolerance)

    K - 5th
    What is Differently Abled?  In this lesson, students will work toward understanding what it means to have a learning disability. (Teaching Tolerance) K - 5th

    What is Compassion?

    In this lesson, students will explore the ways people with a critical health condition or disease might feel, as well as various ways they can support and show compassion toward those who are living with an illness. (Teaching Tolerance)

    K - 2nd

    Secondary 

    Lesson Name Description Suggested Grades
    Challenging Ableist Language Students will learn about ableism, ableist language, and how to act in allyship with people who have disabilities. (GLSEN) 6th - 8th; 9th - 12th
    Understanding Disabilities This lesson helps students increase knowledge about people with disabilities and explore ways to sensitively communicate with people with disabilities. (Teaching Tolerance) 6th - 8th; 9th - 12th
    Fighting Prejudice and Discrimination of Differently Abled People In this lesson, students will work toward understanding what it means to have a learning disability. (Teaching Tolerance) 6th - 8th; 9th - 12th
    Universal Design In this lesson, students learn about the principles of universal design, analyze examples of it, and develop their own product, communication or environment in accordance with its principles. (Teaching Tolerance) 6th - 8th; 9th - 12th
    The Civil Rights Act and the ADA This activity asks students to read and compare the language of selected civil rights legislation. (Teaching Tolerance) 9th - 12th