Diverse Abilities Awareness Week (DAAW) is an annual event at OIS and took place from February 6-10, 2017. This innovative program included curriculum for OIS students, as well as a community-wide Open House on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
6th Grade Activities
OIS sixth graders begin DAAW with classroom discussions concerning various types of challenges and abilities, including differences in learning styles, auditory and visual processing, sensory integration, and physical impairments. Sixth graders also engage in guided hands-on activities that allow them to experience what it might be like to live with such challenges. Often, students are comfortable enough in this environment to share their own learning styles and challenges with their classmates and teachers, leading to some great discussions. The week culminates with a sixth-grade assembly and interactive panel discussion. Panelists include people from different backgrounds who share their experiences and challenges with the audience.
School-Wide activities: Also during DAAW, the P.E. Department exposes OIS students of all ages to numerous activities involving physical challenges, including wheelchair sports. KOIS broadcasts DAAW-related material each morning. Each year, OIS students view and discuss portions of a film addressing relevant topics. This year's discussions will include portions of "I Can't do This, but I Can do That," a film about a group of children with different learning disabilities and how they overcome their challenges.
Parent Involvement in DAAW
OIS parents are encouraged to volunteer during DAAW by guiding sixth graders at various interactive stations on Tuesday and Wednesday during school. Shifts are approximately three hours long and training is provided at the beginning of each shift. Interested volunteers are also encouraged to help organize DAAW, including the Community Open House on Wednesday evening. For more information, please contact DAAW chair, Anna Tague (DiverseAbilities@oispc.org). Even if you cannot volunteer, please attend the Open House with your students to learn more about Diverse Abilities Awareness Week at OIS.
Open House, Wednesday, February 8
All are welcome to join us for **Diverse Abilities Awareness Week Open House** from 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the OIS multi-purpose room. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience hands-on activities, similar to those in which the OIS sixth graders participate during the school day. Participants may also visit informational tables hosted by organizations dedicated to supporting Bay Area residents with various challenges. In the past, our guests included:
- Autism Family Support Project, We Care Children
- ACTS: Augmentative Communication and Technology Services
- BORP: Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program
- Canine Companions for Independence (service dogs)
- The Friend Tree (ASM playgroups)
- Max–Abilities (Occupational Therapy)
- Orinda Optometry Group
- Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center (therapeutic horseback riding)
As always, Open House will include an exciting wheelchair basketball game between OIS 8th graders and the Bay Area Outreach Recreation Program (BORP) team in the OIS Isola Gymnasium. Both teams have very talented athletes and the matchup is always a highlight of the night!
Admission to all Open House events is free and family participation is encouraged. Children must bring adult supervision. Some OIS teachers offer students extra credit in connection with this event, and "passports” will be available at the Open House. We hope you'll join us!