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Huh? Challenge: Week One

Posted Jun 28 2009 12:00am

Each week, I will be posting a "Huh?" challenge. For the most part, the challenges will be things that help us to better understand the lives of individuals with disabilities. Over the course of the week, try the three different seemingly small tasks and let me know how they went for you and how they helped you to understand the everyday life of a child/adult with a disability. Remember, the important thing is to perform these tasks while you're still following your normal routine. Just because people with disabilities have hindrances doesn't mean that they have more time to do things! Here are your first three challenges! Good luck! I look forward to hearing about your experiences!

1: Sit still for five minutes, moving nothing but your head and neck. This is a simulation to paralysis. If you're lucky to have a wheelchair that is operated by headswitch, by all means, take advantage of those resources.

2: Wash your hair with one hand for at least two days. This is a simulation to losing a limb or having limited use of one hand or arm. If you have a longhandled brush, take advantage of that resource.

3: Read three sentences of your favorite book upside down. This is a simulation to dyslexia and other language-based disorders. If you have audio equipment that can read the book to you, please take advantage of those resources!

Happy Huh? Week!

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