Rethinking Disability Simulations - Part II

Why we MUST rethink disability simulations; Removing the Stumbling Block

In Rethinking Disability Simulations - Part I, I shared with you one self-advocate’s view that disability simulation activities do not work to change long-term attitudes about disabilities. I took this to heart and have begun to rethink my own practice. So, what are some alternatives to disability simulations for teaching disability awareness?  

Watch a few Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos as a class.  Here are some suggestions:


Discuss the message of each PSA and the collective message with students. Connect the message to Jewish text.  Give students an opportunity to create their own PSA.

Give students the opportunity to assess the synagogue for accessibility. Provide them with a checklist or survey from sites such as or

Do you have other suggestions?

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