CHEER (Consciousness Helps Encourage Equal Respect) is a school-based program designed to encourage inclusion and open the eyes of students to see their fellow special education peers as more than their disability. The week-long program invites student volunteers, called CHEER Leaders, to adopt a disability for a day such as wearing visual impairment goggles or noise reduction headphones. The participating schools also organize events and offer information throughout the week to help raise awareness about those living with disabilities. The week culminates with an assembly featuring a video of Kurt and Brenda discussing the importance of inclusion and the negative impact division causes. The CHEER Leaders speak of their experiences and the lessons learned. To bring the CHEER program to your school call 602-385-0840.
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