access/ABILITY is a temporary exhibit currently at Port Discovery. It runs through Jan 24, 2010.
From the website: access/ABILITY is a highly interactive, yet sensitive, disability awareness exhibit that delivers the message to visitors that as human beings, we are more alike than different. This unique exhibits presents people living with disabilities as participants in the world and features fun and engaging activities that show the similarities and differences in how each of us with or without disabilities go places, communicate, have fun and learn! Learn phrases in American Sign Language, try a hand-pedaled bike, type your name in Braille and much more!
I loved that this exhibit was there when we were there earlier this month; I was interested in checking it out and seeing what it had to offer.
They had signs like this: This sign reads: It is natural for people to have different abilities. But what does it mean to have a disability? Something about our body or mind is different and affects our ability to do things like walk, talk, see, hear, or learn. With or without disabilities, we all live, work, and play side by side. We are all human beings and we are more alike than different. Come find out how! and this sign: Include Everyone. Each of us has something to share with others. We have our own likes, dislikes, talents, interests, and tastes. Show you value each person by including everyone in work, school, and play.
and this: What do you most enjoy doing? Playing sports? Drawing? Singing or dancing? We all have different interests and abilities. With or without a disability it is fun to spend time doing the things we love, and it feels great to get better and better with practice. Give it a try, just for fun!
This display had several different ways to pick up a ball and drop it in the hole. This way was wearing the helmet with an attached "scooper" and using only the motion of your head to scoop the ball and drop it in.
and here is Kayla giving the hand-pedaled bike a try: