A Million Hands | Disability activities to do with your section

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This week, we’re looking at activities from the #amillionhands resource pack which will help your young people improve the lives of those disabled by society. Have a go at these activities with your section, and make sure you let us know how you’re getting on

Disability myth-busting 

A true/false game about disability myths with explanations.  You and your young people can challenge some of the mythology surrounding disabled people. 

Suitable for: 

  • Beavers
  • Cubs
  • Scouts
  • Explorers
  • Network 

You will need: 

Disability Myths and Facts sheet for your section (you can print this out from the resource pack

What to do:

  1. Choose a mixture of ‘myths’ and ‘facts’ from the fact sheet which you want to call out to the group. 
  2. Have the group stand in the middle of the room and call out a myth or a fact. Ask them to run to one end of the room if they think it’s a myth and the other if they think it’s a fact. 
  3. Ask members from each end of the room why they chose ‘myth’ or ‘fact’. 
  4. Tell the group whether the statement was a myth or a fact. For the myths, explain the fact and give some examples as provided on the fact sheet. For the facts, explain the common myth and why it’s not true. 

Getting from A to B 

Experience the difficulty of getting around when you have a disability by setting up an obstacle course in your centre. 

Suitable for:

  • Beavers
  • Cubs
  • Scouts
  • Explorers
  • Network

What to do: 

  1. Set up a simple obstacle course in your meeting place, using chairs, bags and everyday objects to map a path.
  2. Working in pairs, ask one of the young people in each pair to wear a blindfold. 
  3. Get the young person who isn’t blindfolded to navigate the person with the blindfold through the course without touching them.
  4. Once they get to the end of the course, ask them to discuss the difficulties they found in completing the course. 
  5. Get them to consider applying the same principles to everyday struggles such as navigating round the house, getting to the wardrobe and choosing an outfit, using the bathroom or food shopping.

We hope you enjoy these activities. Let us know how you're getting on via the website.

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