BSA Supply No. 35883
Look around at the Scouts in your unit, the members of your sports teams, and the kids in your class - you will see that each person has their own personalities, distinct interests and ideas, different physical features, and different strengths and needs.
- Discuss with your counselor proper disability etiquette and person-first language.
Explain why these are important.
- 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 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 what you have learned with your counselor.
- Learn about independent living aids such as service animals, canes, and teletypewriters
(TTYs). Discuss with your counselor how people use such aids.
- Visit TWO of the following locations and take notes about the accessibility 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.
- Your school
- Your place of worship
- Your 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 your presentation, explain and use person-first language.
- Find out about disability awareness education programs in your 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 your 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 your list with your counselor, then use it to make a presentation
to a Cub Scout pack or other group.
- Make a commitment to your merit badge counselor describing what you will do to show
a positive attitude about people with disabilities and to encourage positive attitudes
among others. Discuss how your awareness has changed as a result of what you have
- Name five professions that provide services to people with disabilities. Pick one
that interests you and find out the education, training, and experience required
for this profession. Discuss what you learn with your counselor, and tell why this
profession interests you.
- Architecture, Athletics, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Computers, Engineering, First Aid, Medicine, Public Speaking, and Sports merit badge pamphlets
- Boys' Life magazine in Braille. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington DC. Telephone: 202-707-5104
- Recordings of the Boy Scout Handbook and various merit badge pamphlets. Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic. Toll-free telephone: 800-221-4792
- Boy Scout Handbook in Braille. The Lighthouse of Houston. Telephone: 713-527-9561
- Boy Scout Handbook in large print. Boy Scout Division. Telephone: 972-580-2439
- BSA merit badge pamphlets in Braille. National Braille Association. Telephone: 716-427-8260
- Ad Altare Dei Participant Manuals in Braille can be rented from the BSA Relationships Division at the national office in Irving, Texas, telephone: 972-580-2114. There is a minimal rental cost of $2 each, plus shipping and a security deposit of $25 to be refunded when texts are returned within a six-month time frame.
- Scouts With Disabilities and Special Needs fact sheet, No. 02-508
- Scouting for Youth With Emotional Disabilities, No. 32998D
- Scouting for Youth With Physical Disabilities, No. 33057D
- Scouting for Youth With Mental Retardation, No. 33059C
- Scouting for Youth Who Are Deaf, No. 33061B
- Scouting for the Blind and Visually Impaired, No. 33063D
- Scouting for Youth With Learning Disabilities, No. 33065B
Many of these novels are classics available in several editions and formats including audio, and some are available in large print.
- Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden. HarperCollins, 1987. Colin behaves like a spoiled and incurable invalid until his orphaned cousin Mary comes to live in their lonely house on the Yorkshire moors. The two discover the mysteries and magic of a locked garden, and gradually transform the garden and themselves.
- Byars, Betsy. The Summer of the Swans. Penguin Putnam Books, 2004. A teenager gains new insight into herself and her family when her brother with mental retardation goes missing.
- De Angeli, Marguerite. The Door in the Wall. Yearling Books, 1990. In 14th-century England, a boy with physical disabilities proves his courage.
- Dorris, Michael. Sees Behind Trees. Disney Press, 1997. An American Indian boy with a special gift to "see" beyond his limited eyesight journeys with an old warrior to a land of mystery and beauty.
- Flegg, Aubrey. The Cinnamon Tree: A Novel Set in Africa. O'Brien Press, 2001. When a land mine explodes beneath her, Yola Abonda is thrown violently into a new life. She must learn to walk again after the amputation of her leg.
- Konigsburg, E. L. The View from Saturday. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1998. Four students with their own individual stories develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.
- Martin, Ann M. A Corner of the Universe. Scholastic, 2002. Now that Uncle Adam's "school"—an institution for people with mental disabilities—is closing, 12-year-old Hattie's family must deal with a childlike young man whose existence they have denied for years.
- Philbrick, Rodman. Freak the Mighty. Scholastic Signature, 2001. At the beginning of eighth grade, Max, who has learning disabilities and a mighty physique, and his new friend Freak, who was born with a condition that affects his body but not his brilliant mind, find that when they unite to become "Freak the Mighty" they make a powerful team.
- Taylor, Theodore. The Cay. Yearling Books, 2002. When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old African American man are stranded on a tiny island where the boy gains a new kind of vision.
- Winkler, Henry. Niagara Falls, or Does It? Turtleback Books, 2003. Inspired by his own experiences with undiagnosed dyslexia, actor/director Henry Winkler presents "Hank Zipzer: The Mostly True Confessions of the World's Best Underachiever," a series about the adventures of a fourth-grader with learning differences. In this first book of the series, Hank is supposed to write an essay on how he spent the summer, but decides instead to "show" what he did.
- Aaseng, Nathan. Multiple Sclerosis. Franklin Watts, 2000. Describes the symptoms, effects, and treatments of the neurological disease known as MS and tells the stories of several well-known people who have this disease.
- Burnett, Gail Lemley. Muscular Dystrophy. Enslow Publishers, 2000. Discusses the cause, symptoms, and treatment of muscular dystrophy and examines research into treatment and a possible cure.
- Clayton, Lawrence, and Jaydene Morrison. Coping with a Learning Disability. Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services, 1999. Guide for young adults in learning how to cope with the difficulties that come with having a learning disability.
- Corman, Richard. I Am Proud: The Athletes of Special Olympics. Barnes & Noble Books, 2003. Portrays the athletes' dignity, grace, and joy in competition and brings fresh perspective to a group of people too often defined by their perceived disabilities.
- Cummings, Rhoda Woods, and Gary L. Fisher. The Survival Guide for Teenagers With LD: Learning Differences. Free Spirit Publishing, 1993. A handbook with a positive outlook for teenagers who have learning differences on how to make friends, set goals, start a career, and manage other day-to-day pursuits.
- Dudley, Mark Edward. Epilepsy. Enslow Publishers, 2001. Discusses the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of epilepsy; the types of seizures; and challenges of living with this disease.
- Flodin, Mickey. Signing for Kids: The Fun Way for Anyone to Learn American Sign Language. Perigee Books, 1991. An introduction to the expressive language used by many deaf people to speak with their hands.
- Freedman, Russell. Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille. Clarion Books, 1999. A biography of the 19th-century Frenchman who, having himself been blinded at age 3, developed a system of raised dots on paper that enabled those who are blind to read and write.
- Gold, John Coopersmith. Cerebral Palsy. Enslow Publishers, 2001. Readers learn what life is like with cerebral palsy in this sensitive, scientific discussion of an incurable disorder that strikes about two in 1,000 infants yearly in the United States.
- Kent, Deborah, and Kathryn A. Quinlan. Extraordinary People With Disabilities. Children's Press, 1997. Collection of biographies of 48 famous people who have made great accomplishments despite their disability.
- Meyer, Donald, ed. Views From Our Shoes: Growing Up With a Brother or Sister With Special Needs. Woodbine House, 1997. Kids ranging in age from 4 to 18 share their experiences as the brother or sister of someone with a disability, including autism, cerebral palsy, development delays, attention deficit disorder, hydrocephalus, visual and hearing impairments, and Down and Tourette syndromes.
- Oleksy, Walter G. Christopher Reeve. Greenhaven Press, 2000. Discusses the personal life, acting career, and life-altering accident of the actor known for his role as Superman and for his efforts on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries.
- Rogers, Dale Evans. Angel Unaware. Revell, 1992. The story of a child born with Down syndrome—Robin Elizabeth Rogers, daughter of celebrities Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. This book sold more than 500,000 copies when first published in 1953.
- Stern, Judith, and Uzi Ben-Ami. Many Ways to Learn: Young People's Guide to Learning Disabilities. Magination Press, 1996. Describes different kinds of learning disabilities, explains that children with learning disabilities have average (if not above-average) intelligence, and discusses the many things kids can do to reach their goals.
- Weihenmayer, Erik. Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See. Plume Books, 2002. An adventure-packed memoir in which the author recalls rebelling against becoming blind by age 15, acquiring a passion for mountain climbing, and developing the character traits that enabled him to succeed. His experiences remind readers of what the blind and the sighted have in common.
- Williams, Donna. Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic. Perennial, 1994. Takes readers on a journey into the mind of a person who has autism, giving an insider's view of a little-understood condition and destroying many myths and misconceptions.
- Woodyard, Shawn, John Bradford, and Elizabeth Oakes. Resources for People With Disabilities: A National Directory, 2nd ed. Ferguson Publishing Company, 1998. The "yellow pages" for people with disabilities, this two-volume set provides information about resources pertaining to advocacy, assistive technology, organizations and associations, rehabilitation, and state programs, to name just a few.
Organizations and Web Sites
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
1 IBM Plaza, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60611-3604
Web site: http://www.aapmr.org
American Association of People With Disabilities
1629 K St. NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20006
Toll-free telephone (voice and TTY): 800-840-8844
Web site: http://www.aapd-dc.org
American Association on Mental Retardation
444 N. Capitol St. NW, Suite 846
Washington, DC 20001-1512
Toll-free telephone: 800-424-3688
Web site: http://www.aamr.org
American Council of the Blind
1155 15th St. NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005
Toll-free telephone: 800-424-8666
Web site: http://www.acb.org
American Foundation for the Blind
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001
Toll-free telephone: 800-232-5463
Web site: http://www.afb.org
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Ave.
P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
Web site: http://www.aph.org
American Speech-Language- Hearing Association
10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Telephone: 800-638-8255 (voice or TTY)
Web site: http://www.asha.org
The Arc of the United States
1010 Wayne Ave., Suite 650
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Web site: http://www.thearc.org
Autism Society of America
7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814-3067
Toll-free telephone: 800-328-8476
Web site: http://www.autism-society.org
Brain Injury Association of America
8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 611
McLean, VA 22102
Toll-free telephone: 800-444-6443
Web site: http://www.biausa.org
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
8181 Professional Place, Suite 150
Landover, MD 20785
National Resource Center on AD/HD, toll-free telephone: 800-233-4050
Web site: http://www.chadd.org
Web site: http://www.disabilityinfo.gov
Disability Is Natural
P.O. Box 7245
Woodland Park, CO 80863
Toll-free telephone: 866-948-2222
Web site: http://www. disabilityisnatural.com
Disabled American Veterans
P.O. Box 14301
Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301
Web site: http://www.dav.org
Disabled Sports USA
451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850
Web site: http://www.dsusa.org
230 W. Monroe St., Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60606
Toll-free telephone: 800-221-6827
Web site: http://www.easterseals.com
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
1110 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22201-5705
Toll-free telephone: 800-328-0272
Web site: http://www.ericec.org
Goodwill Industries International Inc.
15810 Indianola Drive
Rockville, MD 20855
Web site: http://www.goodwill.org
Guide Dogs for the Blind
P.O. Box 151200
San Rafael, CA 94915-1200
Toll-free telephone: 800-295-4050
Web site: http://www.guidedogs.com
Half the Planet Foundation
1875 Eye St. NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Web site: http://www.halftheplanet.org
541 Cambridge St.
Boston, MA 02134
Web site: http://www.helpinghandsmonkeys.org/
International Dyslexia Association
Chester Building, Suite 382
8600 LaSalle Road
Baltimore, MD 21286-2044
Toll-free telephone: 800-222-3123
Web site: http://www.interdys.org
Kids on the Block Inc.
9385-C Gerwig Lane
Columbia, MD 21046-2893
Toll-free telephone: 800-368-5437
Web site: http://www.kotb.com
Learning Disabilities Association of America
4156 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234-1349
Web site: http://www.ldanatl.org
Muscular Dystrophy Association--USA
3300 East Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718
Toll-free telephone: 800-572-1717
Web site: http://www.mdausa.org
National Association of the Deaf
814 Thayer Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4500
Web site: http://www.nad.org
National Attention Deficit Disorder Association
1788 Second St., Suite 200
Highland Park, IL 60035
Web site: http://www.add.org
National Center for Learning Disabilities
381 Park Ave. South, Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016
Toll-free telephone: 888-575-7373
Web site: http://www.ncld.org
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
1640 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608-6904
Toll-free telephone (voice and TTY): 800-900-8086
Web site: http://www.ncpad.org
National Disability Sports Alliance
25 W. Independence Way
Kingston, RI 02882
Web site: http://www.ndsaonline.org
National Down Syndrome Society
New York, NY 10012
Toll-free telephone: 800-221-4602
Web site: http://www.ndss.org
National Federation of the Blind
1800 Johnson St.
Baltimore, MD 21230-4998
Web site: http://www.nfb.org
National Information Center for Children and Youth With Disabilities
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20012-1492
Toll-free telephone (voice/TTY):
Web site: http://www.nichcy.org
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542
Toll-free telephone: 800-424-8567
Web site: http://www.loc.gov/nls
National Mental Health Association
2001 N. Beauregard St., 12th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311
Toll-free telephone: 800-969-6642
Web site: http://www.nmha.org
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
733 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017
Toll-free telephone: 800-344-4867
Web site: http://www. nationalmssociety.org
National Organization on Disability
910 16th St. NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
Web site: http://www.nod.org
National Parent Network on Disabilities
1130 17th St. NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Web site: http://www.npnd.org
National Rehabilitation Information Center
1010 Wayne Ave., Suite 800
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Toll-free telephone: 800-346-2742 (voice); 301-495-5626 (TTY)
Web site: http://www.naric.com
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Web site: http://www.paralympic.org
Special Olympics International
1325 G St. NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
Web site: http://www.specialolympics.org
United Cerebral Palsy
1660 L St. NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Toll-free telephone: 800-872-5827
Web site: http://www.ucp.org
United States Association of Blind Athletes
33 N. Institute St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Web site: http://www.usaba.org
USA Deaf Sports Federation
102 N. Krohn Place
Sioux Falls, SD 57103-1800
Web site: http://www.usadsf.org
Wheelchair Sports, USA
1668 320th Way
Earlham, IA 50072
Web site: http://www.wsusa.org