ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Variety – the Children’s Charity is proud to deliver the “Just Like You” disability education and awareness program in metro NSW.

For the past ten years, the “Just Like You” program was delivered by Cerebral Palsy Alliance, educating primary school students on the acceptance and inclusion of people living with a disability. The program helps them learn that people with disability are the same as everyone else – they are “Just Like You”. From October 2016, the Just Like You program is proudly delivered by Variety – the Children’s Charity.

Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn. We believe that all children deserve the same opportunities in life regardless of ability or background.

Variety’s Just Like You program will continue to deliver lively, interactive and compelling workshops, where students are engaged to reflect on their own roles and actions as a citizen in their school and community.

Just Like You is designed for primary school students’ specific year groups, and mapped against the Australian Curriculum. The program is delivered as 2 face-to-face workshops for 3 separate stages (Year 1 & 2, Year 3 & 4, Year 5 & 6).

 

THE WORKSHOPS
STAGE 1
Years 1 & 2
Celebrating difference,
creating inclusion
2 Weekly Workshops
Week 1
Duration: 45 minutes
Our dynamic Facilitator educates students to gain a fundamental understanding of why uniqueness is valued and should be celebrated. Students will learn how to identify differences as a positive feature in their lives.
Week 2
Duration: 45 minutes
Students learn what disabilities are and the different types of disabilities. Students learn the importance of inclusive practices and commit to treating everyone with respect and understanding.

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STAGE 2
Years 3 & 4
Know the facts
to better impact
2 Weekly Workshops
Week 1
Duration: 45 minutes
Students develop an understanding of the different forms of disabilities, including physical, invisible and sensory disabilities and learn how to empathise with challenges people with disabilities may face.
Week 2
Duration: 45 minutes
Students practice how to use words that are positive and inclusive towards people with a disability. Through a series of activities practicing these words, students gain confidence and commit to using positive language around people with a disability.

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STAGE 3
Years 5 & 6
Challenging norms to find
the extraordinary
2 Weekly Workshops
Week 1
Duration: 45 minutes
Pre-conceived ideas around disability are challenged. Students will look at their own role in society and their contribution to positive and negative mindsets. Students will then practice integrating alternative modes of communication and movement in to their classroom environment.
Week 2
Duration: 45 minutes
Students will learn about inspiring Australians with disabilities and identify the universal qualities of resilient people. Students then commit to replicating these qualities of those who are not limited by the challenges they face and apply them in their own lives.

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Proudly supported by Variety, the Children’s Charity