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Students from Wayside Elementary School in Potomac wear mittens while trying to pick up small objects in a container. The activity, which is part of the school’s Special Needs Awareness Week, is designed to simulate sensory deprivation.

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Learning To Walk in Others’ Shoes

Special Needs Awareness Week at Wayside teaches acceptance and empathy.

“I went into someone's shoes,” said Yoon. “I would feel really frustrated. I'm thankful that I don't have a disability." Yoon’s activities were part of a weeklong Wayside initiative called SNAP (Special Needs Awareness Program), which is aimed at fostering empathy and sensitivity to others in the students.


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