Disability Awareness Workshop

2016-2017 School Year

Sixeen years ago, the Disability Awareness Workshop (DAW) program was developed out of a desire to teach the community, and especially young children, how people who have a disability are affected on a daily basis by their challenges and differences. Since then, thousands of volunteers have supported the effort, making it possible for more than 160,000 participants to experience this fun and engaging hands-on learning opportunity.

2016-17 Disability Awareness Workshop Schedule for RCS

Rochester DAW Setup

Working through the Rochester Community Schools (RCS) Foundation, public and private schools, businesses, churches, scouting troops, and community organizations are allowed the opportunity to use Rochester’s DAW kits for a fee. The fee is used to maintain and enhance the DAW program, plus cover the cost of disposable supplies.

Rochester’s DAW kits have ten hands-on activity stations. These include Learning Differences I and II, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Vision Impairment, Learning About Braille, Gross Motor Impairment, Fine Motor Impairment, Adaptive Equipment and a Wheelchair Course, Speech Impairment and Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The Rochester Special Education Parent Advisory Committee will continue to volunteer their time to make three full DAW kits available to those interested at the RCS Foundation standard fee. The fee includes consultation, trainings and set-up depending on the location of the customer.

Use the 2016 Disability Awareness Workshop Request Form to request the workshop. The RCS Foundation in collaboration with the RCS Special Education Parent Advisory Committee will provide this opportunity at a fee of:  

  • $250.00 for one day’s use. Actual time is approximately 3 calendar days.
  • $500.00 for a school district or large organization to use the kit for approximately 10 consecutive school days. Our goal is for many students/staff to learn. We will consider adding more days based on kit availability.

This is the same fee that has been charged for 12 years with no price increase. If the school budget cannot support the cost, we suggest that you offer your parent groups or local companies/organizations the opportunity to financially support this popular program as well as provide volunteers. In addition, please consider the Filippis Foundation’s Disability Awareness grant program at http://www.firsttoserve.com/about/filippis-foundation/

The direct link for the grant application: http://www.firsttoserve.com/wp-content/uploads/Filippis_Foundation_DAW_Grant_Application_Fillable.pdf

The Disability Awareness Workshop program is designed for upper elementary students. With a few adaptations, this program is successfully used at middle schools, high schools, professional development and for community outreach.

Please contact Lisa Kowalski, Disability Awareness Workshop Coordinator at lisakowalski1984@gmail.com if you would like to schedule the DAW kit or request more information.





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