In 2nd grade, Understanding Differences teaches students about blindness. Recently, the 2nd graders were visited by Jaimi Lard from Perkins School for the Blind, who is blind and deaf. She was accompanied by her interpreter, Christine, and used sign language to have a great conversation with the kids! Jaimi lives on her own, and the students asked great questions about how she was able to do that, like “how do you cook for yourself?” and “how do you read your mail?”
The following week, the 2nd graders got to find out for themselves what it might be like to be blind, through a series of activities in their classroom. They practiced reading and writing braille, tried to find their way around the room blindfolded, and tried to identify mystery items in a closed box just by touch. While they were all having fun doing the activities, the students quickly realized how difficult it is to navigate the world without sight, and it gave them a better appreciation for Jaimi’s independence.