Disability Awareness Badge

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Under the program revitalization effort of the Canadian Path, this article is no longer be applicable to the current program.
It remains here for reference purposes only.
For information on items replacing this topic, see Personal Achievement Badges - Cub Scouts.




Cubs earning this badge develop a basic awareness of the many issues facing disabled persons and increased knowledge of how to make the community and its services more accessible. [1]


Do any four (4) of the following:

  1. Recognize the International Symbol of Accessibility and point out places where this sign is found.
  2. Discuss with your leader how building entrances, water fountains, elevators, public telephones and washrooms, and sidewalk corner curbs can be made more accessible to persons in wheelchairs.
  3. Visit your library and find out how books are made available for visually impaired people.
  4. Meet with a social worker, agency representative or knowledgeable adult as to what services are available in your community to people with various disabilities.
  5. Talk to your gym teacher, Parks and Recreation department or leader about how disabled persons participate and compete in various sports.
  6. Talk to a representative from the phone company; TV station or other knowledgeable adult about what services are available for the hearing impaired.
  7. Find out what American Sign Language (ASL) is. Learn some sign language and how to sign your name.
  8. Where possible, meet with a disabled person and talk about that personâs personal interests and activities.

Cross-badge links:

pre 2011 version

Program Suggestions

  • The Cub Book page 211 Disability Awareness
  • Rent / loan from a disability association 6 to 8 wheel chairs and have your cubs participate in a game where they have to be in wheelchairs â have them see how difficult it is to play hockey or basketball.
  • Play games where people have been blindfolded and must figure out what to do based on their own hearing or on directions provided by others. A neat game is to be blind folded and then directed along a dotted line in the gym.
  • Assign one cub to lead another blindfolded cub through a daily task â such as pretend to boil water to make a cup of tea or to make supper. Swap the cubs around so they can both experience the challenge.
  • Make a craft/signaling game where the only means of communication is through sign language. Make up a rule â no talking â only sign language. Can you imagine how quiet your pack can really be? Make it a fun test â those who speak are out and see who can last the longest by using ASL to communicate.
  • Bring in a person from the Guide Dog for the Blind â find out how guide dogs are trained. See how calm the dogs are. Watch your physical fitness forms for allergies on this activity.
  • Get a Para Olympian or other para-athlete into your pack meeting.

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