Disability Awareness Merit Badge Requirements
|1) Discuss with your counselor proper disability etiquette and person-first language. Explain why these are important.
2) Visit an agency that works with people with physical, mental, emotional, or educational disabilities. Collect and read information about the agency's activities. Learn about opportunities it's members have for training, employment, and education.
3) Do TWO of the following:
A) Talk to a scout who has a disability and learn about his experiences taking part in scouting activities and earning different merit badges.
B) Talk to an individual who has a disability and learn about this person's experiences and the activities in which this person likes to participate.
C) Learn how people with disabilities take part in a particular adaptive sport or recreational activity. Discuss what you have learned with your counselor.
D) Learn about independent living aids such as service animals, canes, and teletype writers.(TTYs)
4) Visit TWO of the following locations and take notes about the accesability to people with disabilities. In your notes, give examples of five things that could be done to improve upon the site and five things about the site that make it friendly to people with disabilities. Discuss your observations with your counselor.
A) Your school
B) Your place of worship
C) Your scout camping site
D) A public exhibit or attraction(such as a theater, museum, or park)
5) Explain what advocacy is. Do ONE of the following advocacy activities:
A) Present a counselor-approved disabilities awareness program to a cub scout pack or other group. During your presentation, explaining and use person-first language.
B) Find out about disability awareness programs in your school or school system, or contact a disability advocacy agency. Volunteer the program or agency for eight hours.
C) Using resources such as disability advocacy agencies, government agencies, the internet(with your parents permission), and news magazines, learn about myths and misconceptions that influence the general publics understanding of disabilities. List 10 myths and misconceptions about people with disabilities and learn the facts about each myth. Share your list with your counselor, then use it to make a presentation to a cub scout pack or other group.
2) Speak to a person with a disability or read an article or book about a person with a disability and report to your counselor what you learned about that person's experiences in dealing with a disability.
6) Make a commitment to your merit badge counselor describing what you will do to show a positive attitude among others. Discuss how your awareness has changes as a result of what you have learned.
7) Name five professions that provide services to people with disabilities. Pick one that interests you and find out what the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss what you learned with your counselor and tell why this profession interests you.
Source: Boy Scout Requirements, 33215, revised 2007