This is the third activity on diversability. This activity can be used as an immersion after the warming up. You can find more activities on diversability here.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
Between 6 and 15 participants.
- Bands to cover the eyes
Prepare the materials and create an open work space.
LINK TO THE TOPIC
This activity is a good way to show the participants that no matter who you are, where you come from or what limitations you may have, we all have things that make us unique and we all have things that make us the same. This activity also shows participants that even if someone has communicative limitations, they can still communicate in other ways and create relations, aslong as both sides try enough.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTIVITY
- Experience the communicative limitations of people with disabilities.
- Be placed in the position of people with different sensory abilities.
- Reflect on practical and simple ways that facilitate their inclusion.
The facilitator will separate the large group into small groups of 3 people and ask them to start talking to try to find 3 similarities and 3 substantial differences in their lives.
After 2’ the facilitator will ask for silence and put a piece of tape on the mouth of one of the members of each trio and will ask them to continue with the task of finding “similarities and differences”, ask the trio to include that person.
After 2’ the facilitator will ask for silence and place a band over the eyes of another member. It will relaunch the activity of communicating including the two participants with their limitations.
After 2’ the facilitator will place earplugs in the participant’s ears that until now had no limitations and asks them to find a way to communicate.
After 15’ from the start, the facilitator stops the activity. Asks that one of the trios to stay in the performance space and the rest of the group sits to watch.
The facilitator asks the trio that is in the performance space to show the spectators what are the “similarities” that they have found in their trio.
A spokesman from the observing group will say what they understood about each show and if the trio approves it, they will show the “differences”.
This way all the trios will go on to show “similarities” and “differences”.
- How did you feel when communication was getting complicated?
- How will a person with disabilities feel in communication?
- What small action, in your day to day, can you take to facilitate communication and inclusion of people with disabilities?