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In 1998, the Disability Awareness Workshop (DAW) program was developed out of a desire to teach the community, especially young children, how people who have a disability are affected on a daily basis by their challenges and differences. Since then, thousands of volunteers have supported the effort, making it possible for more than 220,000 participants to experience this fun and engaging hands-on learning opportunity.

The Disability Awareness Workshop program was originally designed for upper elementary students, but with a few adaptations, this program has been successfully used at middle schools, high schools, professional development and for community outreach.

Please contact DAW PAC with any questions.

Person with Crutches

DAW kits have ten hands-on activity stations. These include:

Adaptive Equipment,

Autism Spectrum Disorders,

Deaf and Hard of Hearing,

Fine Motor Impairment,

Gross Motor Impairment,

Learning About Braille,

Learning Differences 1,

Learning Differences 2,

Speech Impairment,

and Vision Impairment.

Reading Braille


Working through the Rochester Community Schools (RCS) Foundation, public and private schools, businesses, churches, scouting troops, and community organizations are allowed the opportunity to rent the DAW kits for private use. PAC has DAW kits available at the RCS Foundation, which can be rented out at the cost of a standard fee that includes consultation and access to training videos/documents.


The RCS Foundation in collaboration with the RCS Special Education Parent Advisory Committee will provide this opportunity at a fee of:  

  • $250.00 for one day’s use. Actual time is approximately 3 calendar days.

  • $500.00 for a school district or large organization to use the kit for approximately 10 consecutive school days. We will consider adding more days based on kit availability.

To assist with the cost, we suggest that you offer your parent groups or local companies/organizations the opportunity to financially support this popular program as well as provide volunteers. 


Thank you for your support and commitment to the Disability Awareness Program. In an effort to provide efficient training to our partners, all training resources are located on our DAW Training page. Please visit this page and follow the instructions to receive remote based training that is simple and short in duration.  Please reach out to your DAW coordinator with any questions.

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