In My Shoes is a disability awareness program designed for second grade children. This project was created to help students better understand their friends with disabilities. With more special needs children participating in the general education classroom bringing awareness, tolerance, and acceptance into discussion were the main objectives in providing this project to the students. For two days, a team of Junior Auxiliary members visits each classroom, reading them a story pertaining to four main disabilities: Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Vision/Hearing impaired, and Autism. After the story is read aloud, hands-on activities are provided for the students to experience how people with disabilities accomplish everyday tasks and responsibilities.

For several years, this program has been presented to the children at Joe Cook and New Hope Elementary Schools. We hope that by putting the children “in the shoes” of a child with a disability, they will be more understanding, accepting and inclusive of children with special needs. Recently, our Chapter has had the opportunity of partnering with the Allied Health students at McKellar Tech Center. We are fortunate to be partnering with this amazing group of passionate students.

Cerebral Palsy: