Download the WE Are One Sway template here to help you present your innovative idea to your teacher and classmates.
It’s Up To All of Us Together.
Learn about the experiences of people with disabilities, then use technology to imagine and plan how you can make your school or community more inclusive.
When it comes to people, there’s no such thing as “normal.” All humans grow and adapt to the world around them. We want our schools and communities to reflect that diversity and make everyone feel welcome.
Microsoft and WE Schools have partnered to help empower you with technology to do more good. Using Microsoft products, you will organize, collaborate and share your ideas with your group. Through the WE Are One campaign, you will learn about the experiences of people with disabilities, then use technology to innovate and develop solutions to make your school or community more inclusive.
Learn more with the WE Day recap, pairing show content with our WE Schools action plans to bring the WE movement to your classroom.
Here’s How to Run Your Campaign
Investigate and Learn
As a group, discuss what you know about the state of accessibility and inclusivity in your school and community. Research resources and services that make your school more accessible and inclusive, or organizations that focus on people with disabilities in your community.
Explore your school or community and take note of spaces and objects that might pose a barrier to someone. Come together to share your findings and decide which accessibility issue your group would like to propose a solution to.
Use a digital presentation tool, such as Microsoft Sway, to design a presentation that clearly explains the benefits of your accessibility solution.
Report and Celebrate
Make your presentation available for your school and/or community. Sit down as a group and record the impacts you’ve made. Share the success of your WE Are One campaign by posting photos to social media using #weareone.
RECORD AND REFLECT
Using the Student Yearbook, students will record their progress and their reflections for each of the four steps above.
READY TO GET STARTED?
To begin, make sure you are signed into your Sway account. Go to the top right hand corner, click Duplicate This Sway, then add it to your My Sways page and get started on presenting the benefits of your design solution!
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Check out our OneNote resource for this campaign below!
Bring the issues of inclusion into the classroom and engage students in learning about accessibility for people with diverse abilities. Download the OneNote version of WE Are One! OneNote is available as a free download and provides the lessons in a more interactive and collaborative format for both teachers and students.
Campaign Lesson Plans
Bring the issues of inclusion into the classroom and engage students in learning about accessibility for people with diverse abilities.
Technology, science and social activism meet to improve navigation accessibility
Technology can be used for all sorts of good in the world. Alex Deans, an innovative 18-year-old from Windsor, Ontario is proving just that. Using his passion for technology and social activism, he is working to help eliminate barriers for people who are visually impaired.
At the age of 12, Alex noticed a woman with a visual impairment attempting to cross the street. After reaching out to help the woman, he learned about the lack of resources available for her navigation. The issue captured his attention and he began to think of ways he could help improve peoples’ lives using science and technology. With Alex’s desire to create change, more than four years of self-taught programming and the collaboration of inventors from around the world, the iAid was developed.
Alex demonstrated a working prototype of the iAid with outstanding results at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. The device scans the space around the individual for potential obstacles using sensors mounted to a belt.
His novel navigation device has taken him from working directly with people with visual impairments to national and international science fairs, winning him the Platinum Award at Canada’s national science fair. Alex’s innovative idea is an example of how youth truly have the power to make a difference in taking action on accessibility issues in their community.
Dig deeper into the issues
Check out our issue backgrounders to learn how local and global issues affect the lives of people in our communities and around the world. Bring the issues to life in your classroom with a library of resources to engage your students in learning about local and global issues.