The Disabilities Awareness Badge has been an elective badge for Boy Scouts since 1993 when it replaced the Handicap Awareness badge. In order to receive the badge, Scouts are required to complete a list of tasks including:
- Discuss proper disability etiquette and person-first language. Explain why these are important.
- Visit an agency that works with people with physical, intellectual, emotional, or educational disabilities. Collect and read information about the agency’s activities. Learn about opportunities its members have for training, employment, and education.
- Do TWO of the following:
- Talk to a Scout who has a disability and learn about his experiences taking part in Scouting activities and earning different merit badges.
- 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.
- Learn how people with disabilities take part in a particular adaptive sport or recreational activity. Discuss findings with a counselor.
- Learn about independent living aids such as service animals, canes, and teletypewriters (TTYs). Discuss how people use such aids.
- Do TWO of the following:
- Visit TWO of the following locations and take notes about the accessibility to people with disabilities. 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 observations with a counselor.
- A school
- A place of worship
- A Scout camping site
- A public exhibit or attraction (such as a theater, museum, or park)
- Explain what advocacy is. Do ONE of the following advocacy activities:
- Present a counselor-approved disabilities awareness program to a Cub Scout pack or other group. During the presentation, explain and use person-first language.
- Find out about disability awareness education programs in an area school or school system, or contact a disability advocacy agency. Volunteer with a program or agency for eight hours.
- Using resources such as disability advocacy agencies, government agencies, the Internet (with parent’s permission), and news magazines, learn about myths and misconceptions that influence the general public’s understanding of people with disabilities. List 10 myths and misconceptions about people with disabilities and learn the facts about each myth. Share the list with a counselor and then use it to make a presentation to a Cub Scout pack or other group.
- Make a commitment to a merit badge counselor describing what will be done to show a positive attitude about people with disabilities and to encourage positive attitudes among others. Discuss how awareness has changed as a result of what you have learned.
- Name five professions that provide services to people with disabilities. Pick one of interest and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss findings with a counselor, and tell why this profession was interesting.
The Boy Scouts of America Simon Kenton Council hosted their Disability Merit Badge Clinic on March 23, 2013. The clinic was held at the Delaware County Board of Development Disabilities in Lewis Center.
Take a look at a local ABC News6 video with an interview with Scout Leader Craig Hill.
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