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Authors' guidelines

General

Here are details to bear in mind if you plan to send us teaching material to be considered for publication on the Disabled Access Friendly site.

  • The material may take the form of reading texts, quizzes, questionnaires, games, surveys, webquests, project work or a writing activity;
  • The material can be at any level;
  • The material can be aimed at any age group;
  • The material can be average lesson length or taught over two or more lessons;
  • The material can be designed for activities in or out of the classroom;
  • The material should be specifically about people with mobility disability and their potential for active participation in all aspects of life;
  • The material may aim to practise language or skills, grammar, vocabulary or functions, or to provide facts, general knowledge and cultural awareness;
  • The material may be serious or humorous, but always respectful of social difference and the dignity of others;

We know it can be daunting to write a lesson plan on a subject you know little about.  Where do you get information?  Where do you get inspiration?  So here’s a helping hand.

We suggest you take a look at the existing lesson plans and graded reading texts on our site These will help you get a broad picture of the kind of issues your worksheet could cover.  

You might like to consider the following topics:

Physical barriers for people with mobility disability
Think about public transport, getting into and around shops and businesses, places of entertainment, educational institutions, sports, managing in one’s own home.

Behaviour and attitudes towards people with mobility disability
Think about whether we see the person or the disability first.  Do we subconsciously behave differently or speak differently to someone with a disability?  Have we ever put ourselves in the shoes of someone with a mobility disability to try and understand how they feel?

Stereotyping of people with mobility disability
Think about how the media portrays people with disability, frequently as helpless victims, heroic individuals overcoming tragedy, and charity cases.  Notice how many articles focus on heart warming features and inspirational stories that reinforce stereotypes.

Think about how often you come across someone with a mobility disability in films, books or on TV in an ordinary role where their disability is irrelevant to the story line.

Social criteria
Think about relationships, parenting, friends.

Language used to talk about mobility disability
Think about how the words we choose to talk about people with disabilities may reflect our attitude to disability.  Do we label people with disabilities or define them by their disability or medical diagnosis?  

Technology
Think about how technology, and access to technology, can help people with mobility disability in terms of inclusion, safety, work opportunities etc.

The workplace
Think about opportunities for people with mobility disability in the workforce, and whether there are physical or other barriers to their inclusion.

We also suggest you look on the internet at articles written on disability issues, and at relevant sites and blogs such as New Mobility and the BBC’s Ouch.  Many disability related sites are listed here

Teachers notes and key

At the top of your worksheet please provide the following information:

Your surname
Your first name
The title of the worksheet
The level(s) you feel your worksheet is appropriate for in accordance with the CEFR
The age group you feel your worksheet is appropriate for
The main areas of grammar covered
The type of vocabulary covered
The functions of your worksheet
The skills your worksheet practises

If you look at one of our lesson plans already published, you will see that this information is given in a box at the top of each worksheet.

In addition to the material itself please provide a set of teachers’ notes that state the general and specific aims of the material (in terms of language, skills or awareness raising) together with a lesson plan and key with suggested answers.

 

Acknowledgement

Contributors of ideas or actual teaching material can chose to remain anonymous, or we can publish your name or the name of your school or institution for publicity purposes.


Copyright

Please give us copyright details, if available, or confirm that your contribution is your own original work. If you have been inspired by someone else’s work, please cite author and publication references.

Editing

Disabled Access Friendly reserves the right to make any changes considered necessary before publishing your contribution.  


Send to:

Please send your contribution in word doc. format.  Please save your file as follows:

Your surname, Your first name Title of worksheet e.g.
Smith, Susan My wheelchair friend

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Written by Administrator.