Group activity

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Group activity

Module 5 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: training package

    Type/title of Power walk


    Total duration 1 hour

    Venue(s) Spacious area, preferable outside or in a large hall


    Equipment No equipment


    Other support No additional support


    This exercise is a simulation of a community or society and its development.Everyone starts off equal, but ends up very differently.The debriefing that follows the exercise allows participants to reflect on the disparities that exist between persons with and without disabilities and between persons with different impairments.The characters and questions should be adapted to the context where the exercise is being done so as to make it as relevant as possible.

    Ideally, one hour should be allowed for this exercise so that there is sufficient time for a thorough discussion and debriefing.The issues that emerge will help during the computer slide presentation later when quite complicated concepts around discrimination and equality are discussed.

    Take everyone outside (if there is not enough space inside) and give each participant a piece of paper with a character from a typical community written on it.Adapt the characters to the number of participants taking part in the exercise so that there is an appropriate gender and impairment spread.

Suggested characters

    The characters should be adapted to the country or region where the training courseis taking place.The facilitator might wish to discuss briefly the national situation with the group prior to the activity so all participants have a similar understanding of the development level and some of the issues facing persons with disabilities.If the workshop is an international meeting (with participants from several regions), the facilitator should decide on a particular region so as to give the activity context.

Some of the questions might have to be adapted to age: for example, the statement I can vote

    without assistance should be I will be able to vote without assistance.

    1. Male community leader, aged 62

    2. Man who is blind, aged 65, with independent income

    3. Businesswoman, aged 32

    ? 2012 United Nations 1

    Module 5 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: training package

    4. Man, aged 72, in a wheelchair, who receives support

    5. Woman, aged 30, who is deaf, and has no support and no income 6. Man, aged 25, with a psychosocial disability living in an institution 7. Woman, unemployed, aged 40, looking after her son in a wheelchair 8. Man, aged 25, unemployed, with Down’ssyndrome who has HIV

    9. Girl with autism living in a poor village

    10. Unemployed man, aged 30

    11. Male Minister of Social Affairs, aged 45

    12. Boy, aged 12, whose parents have a steady income

    13. Female, aged 40, head of an international NGO

    14. Girl, beggar, aged 12, with a physical and psychosocial disability 15. Male, aged 25, university graduate

    16. Female, aged 30, university graduate, with a physical disability 17. Male, aged 45, parliamentarian who is blind

    18. Male teenager who is HIV positive

    19. Woman running a smallbusiness, aged 45

    20. Widow, aged 65 with a psychosocial disability and no independent income


    Step forward if you believe the following statements relate to you.Step back if you believe the

    statement does not affect you.

1. I can move freely in the community

    2. I can buy and sell property on my own

    3. I have access to mainstream education

    4. I can vote without assistance

    5. I have access to microcredit

    6. I do not live in fear of violence or sexual abuse

    7. I have access to affordable medical treatments of my choice 8. I can work anywhere I am qualified

    9. I am consulted on policy issues of concern to the community 10. I have access to vocational and continuing training, including attending seminars

    11. My rights are recognized in laws

    12. I do not fear verbal abuse

    13. I can choose freely whether I want to have children and how many 14. I can leave my home on my own

    15. I own a business

    16. I am paid a minimum wage or more

    17. I can support myself in times of unemployment

    18. I have access to or can afford a lawyer if needed

    19. I have access to information in formats I can easily read and understand 20. The media generally present positive images of me

    21. I do not worry about social support in old age.

    ? 2012 United Nations 2

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