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The Value of One

Promoting dignity and respect for people with developmental disabilities.

The Arc of Riverside County announces its launching of the “National Student Survey on Respect of People with Developmental Disabilities,” an initiative of their The Value of One Project. Read more about this

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The Arc of Riverside County announces its launching of the “National Student Survey on Respect of People with Developmental Disabilities,” an initiative of their The Value of One Project.

Students take a 5-minute survey online or on paper and then teachers and/or peer instructors can lead a discussion of the issues it raises in class. The survey covers attitudes, opinions about the common culture as well as prevailing language. The use of the R-word to describe people with developmental disabilities is one part of the survey. Aggregate data for the school can be sorted, analyzed and compared to the national database findings.

Individuals of all ages can also complete the survey by going online to http://www.TheValueofOne.org where they are guided through a presentation that will discuss how people with developmental disabilities are often devalued in our communities and how we can work together to change it.

Teachers and school administrators are viewing this survey and accompanying curriculum as a useful way to help students understand how our popular culture influences our attitudes and language.

“Students in high school today have heard the word ‘retard’ used in a joking or demeaning way so often, and for so long, they don’t even think about how it might affect students in Special Education,” said Bianca Blua, a teacher at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, California. Dr. Blua, an instructor in the Health Career Academy is having her students complete the survey and then help administer it to their fellow     students. “I think this is a great way to help students develop critical thinking skills, and the subject is incredibly timely,” she said.

The long term objective of The Value of One Project is to help our society understand the inherent value of people with developmental disabilities as they continue to take their rightful place in our communities. “All indications point to the sad fact that people with this disability are devalued more than any other disability group. This is our way of highlighting this and beginning to change it,” said Executive Director Jim Stream.

The Arc of Riverside County has provided services and advocacy to people with developmental disabilities for fifty-seven years in Riverside County, California. For more on The Arc, go to www.ArcRiverside.org.

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