Alfred Street Junior
Junior School

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Yesterday was Disability Awareness Day and we learnt about lots of different disabilities; mental as well as physical. Some of the disabilities we learned about included: blindness, deafness and also autistic spectrum disorder.

We were lucky enough to have a Zoom call from a lady called Helen who works for Blind Dogs for the Blind. She told us that some blind people use guide dogs to find their way out but some choose to use white canes. Guide dogs have white harnesses so you we were asked not to distract or pet these dogs whilst they are working as it could distract them.

For deaf people, we learnt the alphabet to spell out words in sign language. We also learnt how to sing Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday. We learned about the different causes of blindness, there was: retinitis pigmentosa, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma, and we were actually able to see what it was like to have these conditions using special glasses.

We also watched a special presentation from Kayla, one of Alfred Street’s own, who made the brave decision to have her leg amputated when she was a pupil in Year 4. She told us that she lets nothing get in her way or stop her doing what she wants to do. Her bravery really inspired us all. We asked her brother Joshua to thank her for sharing her amazing story with us all.

We learned an important message, that all people no matter what their disability, just want to be treated with respect and kindness the same as everyone else.

By Bradley and Courtney (Shakespeare Class Councillors)

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