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updated: 11/2/2011 5:32 PM

Itasca school teaches disability awareness

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  • Lori Miller, left, manager of program development at Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association, helps Gianna Pon use a cane for the blind on Wednesday at Benson Primary School in Itasca.

       Lori Miller, left, manager of program development at Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association, helps Gianna Pon use a cane for the blind on Wednesday at Benson Primary School in Itasca.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Tizi Lampignano uses a sports wheelchair as second-graders at Benson Primary School in Itasca participated in an ability awareness program.

       Tizi Lampignano uses a sports wheelchair as second-graders at Benson Primary School in Itasca participated in an ability awareness program.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Bryan Mendoza checks out a special pair of goggles.

       Bryan Mendoza checks out a special pair of goggles.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
 

Second-graders at Benson Primary School in Itasca got a lesson in empathy Wednesday, during a program presented by Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association.

The group's ability awareness program aims to teach students what daily life is like for classmates who live with disabilities.

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"Hopefully that will open up opportunities for them to be more understanding about people that are different from them." said Amy Reuter, Media Center Director at the school.

Students learned about hearing, visual and physical impairments and got a chance to use a sport wheelchair, wear special goggles, wear a blindfold with a walking cane, and learn some sign language.

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