The development and evaluation of a program to sensitize Greek Grammar School Students to issues relating to disability

Sofia Triliva, Tanya Anagnostopoulou, Sofia Hatzinikolaou, Giovanni Chimienti, Anna Mastorakou

Abstract


This paper describes the design (process and content), implementation, and evaluation of a program module developed to sensitize elementary school students to issues related to disability. The objectives of the activities were to enable the students to gain factual and practical information about people with disabilities and the barriers (physical, psychological, social-emotional) they encounter. Another objective of the program was to help students and teachers examine their own attitudes toward disabilities, their stereotypes, and rejection mechanisms and stigmatization tendencies. The program evaluation outcomes suggest that students were sensitized to issues related to disability and reported more positive attitudes toward their disabled counterparts.

Keywords


counselling psychology; disability; elementary school children; attitudes