Our work with schools and students aims to educate and engage young people about a range of disabilities and provide them with an understanding of day to day life for someone living with impaired vision or a physical disability
We believe we have a role to play in helping young people understand disability and to ensure they see people beyond their disability. Our schools and university programme does just that as well as providing us with an opportunity to raise greater awareness of Jewish Blind & Disabled.
For primary and secondary schools, we have developed a session where one of our Tenant Ambassadors talks to the children about living with a disability and how it can impact day to day life. For Primary School aged children, we have also produced an activity pack that each child can take home and learn more about disabilities.
“We have recently begun a whole-school project to educate and inform the children about protected characteristics, of which disability is one. Our Head Teacher gave an assembly a few weeks ago in which she spoke in general terms about protected characteristics. This assembly (by Jewish Blind & Disabled) fitted in perfectly with our overall aims and will form a vital frame of reference for future work and conversation.
It was wonderful to see how many questions the children wanted to ask the tenant, which goes to show how engaged they were and how important the work is. We’re exceptionally grateful for them coming to visit us.”
We are working with JSOCs and students to raise awareness about the lack of accessible housing in the UK and to educate about the vital work of Jewish Blind & Disabled. Students are encouraged to show their support through volunteering, signing up to challenges, holding events or joining a young JBD committee.