The focus of this mini-unit is accessibility for people with mobility impairment. Students will learn about some of the barriers that people with mobility impairment face, including some of the structural and accessibility challenges for people in wheelchairs. They will learn that wheelchairs are valuable mobility aids. They will learn about Canada’s important contribution to the development of the electric wheelchair. They will discuss some concepts of universal design and how architectural design for wheelchair access can be helpful for everyone. They will have the opportunity to assume the perspective of a person who advocates for accessibility. Using scientific inquiry and experimentation skills, they will try to design a wheelchair incorporating an electric circuit.
Please see Accessibility+ for information on mobility impairment and wheelchair design. Suggested books about wheelchairs are also included in this lesson.
The following accessibility messages are addressed in the activities in this unit:
In keeping with the inclusive tenets of accessibility and best teaching practices, lessons and instruction must provide a continuum of supports for all students, including those with accessibility considerations and/or special education needs. The front matter of all revised curriculum policy documents highlights elements to consider in planning classroom lessons and instruction, including universal design, differentiated instruction, equity and inclusive education, the perspective of First Nation, Métis and Inuit people, meeting the needs of English Language Learners and of students with special education needs. Please see the Accessibility+ hub for more information.
NOTE TO THE TEACHER: If you have a student in your class who uses a wheelchair, a quick and useful on-line reference is Instructional Strategies to Support Students with Mobility Impairment