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Creating a Barrier Wall

Source: Tools for Equity: A Resource for Best Practices. (2006). TDSB. and Annual Accessibility Planning for School Boards under the Ontarians with Disabilities Act: Guidelines and Toolkit. < http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/>
Time:  2 X 70 minutes
Students and staff will become more aware of the attitudinal and physical barriers present in the school, and will consider ways of changing these barriers to make the school more inclusive and accessible.
A barrier wall is a portable standing surface, made up to look like a brick wall.  Students and staff identify barriers in the school and post them on the barrier wall.  Ideas of how to change these barriers are also put on the barrier wall.  This activity requires the participation of student leadership groups (e.g., SAC), as well as other staff and students throughout the school.
·        Craft Paper
·        Tape
·        Reproducible template of a brick (81/2 x 11”), i.e., from clip art.
Teaching/Learning Strategies
1.      Inform students and staff about the definition of a barrier.  According to the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001, “a ‘barrier’ is anything that prevents a person with a disability from fully participating in all aspects of a society because of his or her disability, including a physical barrier, an architectural barrier, an informational or communications barrier, an attitudinal barrier, a policy, or a practice.
2.      Clarify for students the different types of barriers.



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