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Paralympic School Day: A Disability Awareness and Education Program

Cathy McKay
Horace Mann School


Attitude is considered the key to changing behaviors towards people who are different, which is essential to APE and integration (Sherrill, 1998). Disability Awareness Programs offer an avenue for raising awareness and changing attitudes toward people with disabilities. Paralympic School Day (PSD) is a disability awareness program that provides a platform for attitude change by raising awareness about disability and disability sport. The PSD curriculum includes an active set of activities that are appropriate for children ages 6 through 15 and that provide education about the Paralympics, about individual differences, and about acceptance (Official Website of the Paralympic Movement, n.d.b).

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