Suggested Group Activity
Make eyeglass holders for the residents at an assisted living facility. Get instructions at FreeKidsCrafts.com.
Some people may only need glasses to read. Other people may need them all the time. Some people are considered blind without their glasses. Maybe you don’t wear glasses. Maybe you do. It doesn’t matter. People have different abilities and may use different things like glasses or wheelchairs to help them.
Completing the Volunteer for Special Needs Patch Program® is a suggested prerequisite for earning your Advocate for Accessibility Patch. Your volunteer experience will help provide you with the knowledge needed to advocate for accessibility in your community. You can also opt to complete the Volunteer for Special Needs requirements during the time you earn this patch.
Things to find out:
- What kinds of disabilities do children have? Helpful Link: Categories of Disability Under IDEA
- What do children with special needs need? Helpful Link: Challenges and Issues for Special Needs Children
- What is play therapy? Helpful Link: It’s more than just playing with toys
- Why is exercise good for the disabled? Helpful Link: Health & well-being benefits of exercise for disabled.
- What about special needs and bullying? Helpful Link: Bullying and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs
- How many adults are disabled in the U.S.? Helpful Link: Disability Impacts All of Us
- What can you do to help people with disabilities? Helpful Link: How to Help Those Who Have a Disability
- What is the ADA? Helpful Link: What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
Requirement 2: Do It!
Choose an accessibility issue to advocate for. Some ideas:
- Make local businesses aware of accessibility issues in their store or restaurant.
- Promote attendance at Board of education meetings.
- Recruit volunteers for a special needs program.
- Write a column or a social media post about bullying prevention.
- Advocate for equipment or supplies at your school to help those with special needs.
- Start a Facebook group for people in your community with special needs to post for assistance.
- Give a workshop for others who want to volunteer at an assisted living facility.
- Advocate to have sidewalk cracks and other safety issues repairs in your town.
Who do you want to reach? Some ideas:
- Your Family
- Your Neighbors
- Politicians — Helpful link: How to Contact Your Elected Officials
- Your Classmates
- Your Fellow Worshipers
- Other Groups or Organizations
How will you reach them? Helpful link: How to Advocate for Your Cause
- Talk to them. Consider wearing a button as a conversation starter.
- Hand out flyers. Consider setting up a booth to collect donations if allowed.
- Hang tags on doors and mail boxes.
- Make posters.
- Reach out with social media such as Facebook.
- Send a press release to your local newspaper or school newspaper. Helpful link: How to write a press release.
Always remember to thank those who helped with your advocacy program.
Ways to say Thank You:
- Thank the community as a whole on social media.
- Give certificates of appreciation.
Discuss Your Advocacy Project
- Do you think your advocacy project helped to promote good civic behavior in your community?
- Will you continue?
- What else can you do to further promote good civic activities?
Congratulations! You have earned the Accessibility Advocate patch. It can be purchased at our partner site MakingFriends®.com.
You can become a Community Advocate by earning all 5 community advocate level patches.
Did completing this Patch Program® give you some ideas for becoming a Accessibility Delegate?
See all our current Advocate level Patch Program®s:
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