UAS’s Ability Awareness Program, organized by our counselor, learning specialist, and the Middle School Student Council, fosters empathy and respect for diversity by helping our students to understand the world from the perspective of people with sensory deficits, developmental disabilities, and genetic or chronic conditions.
Throughout the school year, Elementary School students visit local schools or institutions that serve differently-abled students. To prepare for their visits, UAS students simulate some of the challenges faced by their peers. They button shirts with socks on their hands, write with their non-dominant hand, navigate the classroom while blindfolded, and use wheelchairs to move around the basketball court. Students come to appreciate how ordinary everyday activities become complicated for someone with disabilities.