By: Adventist Development and Relief Agency in Italy, and Adventist Review, courtesy Adventist Review
The social and educational project “An Educational Sidewalk to Disable Prejudice,” coordinated by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Italy, is actively looking for ways to reduce discrimination against disabled people, minority groups, and boys and girls. It is something being accomplished, leaders behind the initiative said, by simulating situations of discomfort in an urban setting.
The experiment was carried out among 450 students ages 11 to 15, who currently attend some secondary schools in the city of Florence. The main objective was to reduce prejudice against those with disabilities using the perspective of identification, that is to say, by placing a person in the shoes of another person who suffers a disability. Participants were invited to sit in a wheelchair and move along a modular wooden pavement set up inside the school facilities, which mimics the difficulties and obstacles of any city sidewalk.