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Kids ADA, an educational program provided by Mountain State Centers for Independent Living

Kids ADA

Why Kids ADA?

Disability History Week in West Virginia.

Disability History Week requires instruction in public schools on disability history, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement during the third week in October every year.

Congress designated October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The West Virginia legislature designated the third week of October as Disability History Week.

Kids ADA, an educational program

Beginning in October of every year, and continuing throughout the school year, Mountain State Centers for Independent Living (MTSTCIL) staff and consumers (people with disabilities who receive supports and services at MTSTCIL) conduct a FREE Kids ADA (American with Disabilities Act) educational program in local elementary and middle schools in Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Putnam, Raleigh and Wayne counties.

The Kids ADA program is offered to elementary students in grades third through fifth and middle school students grades sixth through eighth. MTSTCIL provides age specific training materials and handouts for students.

Trainings are also available for high school level students and for special groups such as the Boy/Girl Scouts and other youth groups.

Disability Awareness

This educational program is designed to promote awareness of people with disabilities. The program provides an opportunity for students to interact with people with disabilities and to learn more about the assistive technologies that people with disabilities use, such as wheelchairs and seeing eye dogs.

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living believes that if we promote disability awareness at an early age, we can reduce attitudinal barriers and help children to realize that we are all more alike than different.

Kids ADA program topics

Program topics include:

Feedback from young people who have participated in this program tells us that with this interaction makes them feel more comfortable and understanding of people with disabilities. From year to year students remember MTSTCIL staff and always enjoy talking about their experiences meeting people with disabilities.

We invite schools, boys and girls clubs, and any young people's group to call us to schedule a Kids ADA presentation at any time during the year. This program is available at no fee to any kids group in Cabell, Wayne or Raleigh counties.

For more information

For more information or to schedule a Kids ADA presentation in your school or for your youth group, please contact:

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living