About the program

Variety – the Children’s Charity is proud to deliver the Just Like You disability education and awareness program in Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast and ACT.

For ten years, the Just Like You program has been educating primary school students on the acceptance and inclusion of people living with a disability. The program helps them learn that people living with a disability are the same as everyone else – they are “Just Like You”.

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.

The Variety Just Like You program delivers lively, interactive and compelling workshops, where students are encouraged to reflect on their own roles and actions as a citizen in their school and community.

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

 

The Workshops
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.
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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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 look at their own role in society and their contribution to positive and negative mindsets and 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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