Disability initiative launched

A NEW resource to help schools in East Sussex promote positive attitudes towards disabled people has been produced by the County Council.

The Disability Images Pack has been circulated to all schools in the county and contains a wide range of advice, background information and guidance for teachers on how to address issues around disability.

Cllr Nick Bennett, the council’s Lead Member for Learning and School Effectiveness, said, “We hope this pack will help schools as they work with students to raise issues of disability equality and challenge stereotypes.”

It contains recommendations for schools on what they can do to promote positive attitudes among pupils towards disabled people and also sample lesson plans that can be used to raise topics such as discrimination, prejudice, stereo-typing and bullying.

A CD rom contained in the pack includes positive photographs and images of local children and young people which schools can use in publicity material and displays.

The pack was compiled with input from a disability equality specialist, staff, parents, teachers and young people, and is one of a number of similar resources that have been produced to assist schools to meet their equality duties.

Previous packs have covered issues such as cultural diversity, gender stereotyping and sexual orientation.

Cllr Bennett said, “These are specialist areas which can be difficult to address.

“But it’s really important that they are raised and discussed so that our young people have a better understanding of equality issues. These resources are about helping schools to do just that.”