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What's new in school: Washington students host event to teach others about disabilities

11:40 AM, Apr. 26, 2013
Washington Elementary School student Brandon Tolbert, left, assists a fellow student, Max Schierl, as he walks through a maze during the Born This Way simulation.
Washington Elementary School student Brandon Tolbert, left, assists a fellow student, Max Schierl, as he walks through a maze during the Born This Way simulation.
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At Washington Elementary School, students in regular education are strengthening friendships with their school friends with special needs through the Just Sayin' Club.

The afterschool club meets twice per month to discuss topics such as autism, Down syndrome and visual, hearing and physical impairments. Guest experts visit each meeting and give a 15- to 20-minute lecture, followed by simulation exercises that show students what it might be like to have a specific disability.

The club members recently sponsored Born This Way, a presentation to share what they learned in the club with ...

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