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Civil Rights for the Blind Workshop

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Level mid,hs
Delivery type on-site
Experience Type class-presentation
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In the eighteenth century, the blind were considered uneducable. That’s no longer the case, of course, but even in our own century, despite considerable improvements in equal opportunity for disabled individuals, discrimination in employment, public accommodation, transportation, and access to public services continues to be a problem. Although the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 was intended to ensure equal opportunity for all Americans, the limits of the law are continually tested.

In this lesson, students play the roles of plaintiffs, defendants, lawyers, judge, and jury in a contemporary court case concerning the interpretation of the law. They will learn that making decisions about issues in a democracy is not easy, and that the process is designed to clarify the problems involved. They will also become aware of the challenges blind and visually impaired people must overcome and gain respect for their abilities.
AE 2.14, 2.15; SS-; .SS-HS-1.1.2/1.3.1/1.3.2/1.3.3; SS-HS-5.2.6

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