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Through Children's Eyes

Through Children’s Eyes is a program designed to educate today’s youth about people with disabilities, the impact of inaccessible environments and proactive ways of dealing with these issues for a more accessible future. The program, initially developed and implemented by  Ken Sider, Riverside Elementary School Teacher in Oneonta, NY and Don Wyckoff, Architectural Barrier Specialist at the Catskill Center for Independence, is a comprehensive ongoing disability awareness program. Through Children’s Eyes connects existing New York State curriculum to an experiential component designed to engender empathy as opposed to sympathy regarding people with disabilities. One of its goals is to turn passive awareness of a problem into action plans that result in positive perceptual and behavioral changes among students, as well as staff. In so doing, the result has led and will continue to lead to better informed citizens prepared to acknowledge and stand up for the rights of people with disabilities, making our communities and our future more accessible.

This program has been replicated at other schools in New York State and beyond. Contact us to learn more about how it can be replicated in your school or for additional information about the program.

This is such a great story! This kid is opening some eyes to the ability part of "disability"

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Event Calendar

  • 09/01/2017

    Staff Meeting

    The Center will be temporarily closed due to an agency Staff Meeting.

  • 09/04/2017

    Labor Day

    The Catskill Center for Independence will be closed in observance of Labor Day. The office will re-open on Tuesday, September 5th at 8:00am.

  • 09/06/2017

    Otsego County Council on Human Services

    Agency staff attend meetings with other local agencies to network about programs and upcoming events.

  • 10/06/0017

    Staff Meeting

    The Center will be temporarily closed due to an agency Staff Meeting.

  • 10/09/2017

    Columbus Day

    The Catskill Center for Independence will be closed in observance of Columbus Day. The office will re-open on Tuesday, October 10th at 8:00am.

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