Disability Awareness Badge!

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Badge Requirements:



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Do one activity from each of the lists below.

1.  Disability awareness – do one of these:

  • Explain what a disability is.
  • Find out about a Paralympian and their sport. Tell a story about their achievements.
  • Visit an activity centre or playground for people with disabilities.
  • Talk about how your meeting place could be made better so that everyone can take part.
  • Make a poster that tells others about a disability. Choose something that’s not mentioned later, in numbers 2, 3 or 4

2.  Physical disability awareness – do one of these:

  • Show how to safely push a wheelchair.
  • Talk about an aid that can help a disabled person. It could be a type of wheelchair, computer, grabber or rising chair.
  • Play a game where you can only sit down or use one hand. Goalball  is one game you could try

3.  Deaf awareness – do one of these:

  • Learn how to fingerspell your name.
  • Learn the Promise in British Sign Language.
  • Explain what hearing dogs for deaf people do. Why are they helpful?
  • Play a game without using sound

4.  Sight awareness – do one of these:

  • Talk about what guide dogs for blind people do
  • Guide a blindfolded Beaver through a game or assault course.
  • Play blind football or another blindfolded game





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Choose one thing to do from each of the four lists.

  1. Disability awareness
    • Explain what a disability is. What are the different types of disability?
    • Research a famous person with a disability. Make a poster or write about their life and achievements.
    • Visit a local community building like a library, town hall or cinema. How accessible is it for someone with a disability? Write down what you find out.
    • Show how you could help someone with a disability to make the Cub Promise. Think of a different example to the ones in steps 2, 3 or 4.


  1. Physical disability awareness
    • Find out about two different aids that can assist a disabled person. How do they help? You could find out about things like wheelchairs, computers, rising chairs or adapted cars.
    • Find out about three ways to make it easier for a wheelchair user to use public places, like shops, parks, hospitals or libraries. How could your meeting place be made better for a wheelchair user?
    • Make a sandwich using only one hand or draw a picture using only your feet to hold the pen.


  1. Deaf awareness
    • Learn the alphabet using fingerspelling. Show you understand a word communicated to you using fingerspelling.
    • Learn a song in Makaton or British Sign Language.
    • Explain what equipment a deaf person might use in the home. You might look at special features on things like fire alarms, telephones or TVs.
    • Show how you would approach a deaf person and speak to them so they can lip-read.


  1. Sight awareness
    • Describe two different ways a blind or visually impaired person can read. You could talk about how they would use computers, Braille or Moon.
    • Explain what guide dogs for blind people do. How are they trained?
    • Learn and read your name in Braille.
    • Show how to approach a blind or visually impaired person. How would you identify yourself?



Adapting Badge and Award Requirements
Badge and award requirements can be adapted (for example, for young people with additional needs, medical conditions and disabilities) to ensure a similar level of challenge for all young people.  This may mean that you need to scale the level of difficult up or down to suit the individual’s needs.
The things to consider are:

  1. Whether the individual elements can be adapted or whether they need to be replaced by an entirely different challenge
  2. Whether to change the requirements for one young person or whether it is more appropriate to change them for the whole Section to ensure the young person doesn't feel singled out
  3. One thing that many Leaders do to adapt badge requirements in similar circumstances is to develop some of the individual challenges into a team challenge so that the young person can use their individual strengths and abilities to achieve a team goal. Again, this avoids one Member being singled out.

For more information and tips about adapting Scouting for young people with additional needs, see our pages on Accessible ScoutingFor further support please contact info.centre@scouts.org.uk 



East Cowes Beavers thoroughly enjoyed themselves learning about how to control and also have fun whilst in a wheelchair.  The Beavers will be taking their learning even further by identifying the challenges faced by wheelchair users on a night hike to the local Chip Shop.  Thanks goes to the Earl Mount Batten Hospice for the grateful use of the wheelchairs.


1st Northwood Beavers have been learning to sign so they can communicate with Acer, one of thier members. 


They also rechearched about the Paralympics and the athletes who take part, they have displayed the posters in their head quaters for other quests to see. 



Regional Development Officer - Isle of Wight

Kelly Reay is Appointed as regional development officer for the Isle of Wight

(Extract from IOW County Press)