FRIENDS works to ensure inclusion and equity for different learners within Birmingham Public Schools. We do this through relationship building and information sharing among community members, BPS staff, parents, and students.
Throughout the school year, FRIENDS hosts monthly meetings on various topics relevant to families with different learners. Past meetings have included screen addiction, life planning, homework and executive function, and emotional support. View our meeting calendar and archive here.
Disability Awareness Workshops
The Disability Awareness Workshop is presented to all 4th-grade students. This program is a hands-on, activity-based workshop whose main emphasis is to help students understand how difficult and complex daily living can be for individuals with disabilities. The program includes activities centered on an empathetic understanding of physical, speech, hearing, vision, and learning impairments. The students participate in a wheelchair obstacle course, wear glasses that give them momentary vision impairments, experience speaking with an electric larynx, and experience several reading disabilities. The goal is for the students to learn through this hands-on experience that people should be respected no matter how they may look, act, walk or talk.
LINKS is a program where a student with special needs is LINKed with a general education student. LINK volunteers spend time with each other during activities such as lunch, recess, and special field trips throughout the school year.