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Disability Awareness Activity Badge

How to earn your badge

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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?

Top tips

There are lots of websites that can tell you about different disabilities. Here are just a few:

Scope - scope.org.uk

Paralympics - paralympics.org.uk

Whizz-Kidz - whizz-kidz.org.uk

British Sign - British-sign.co.uk


A Scout's guide to finger spelling is available on the Print Centre.

Learn some useful Scout phrases in British Sign Language, in a video here.

A badge blog is also available to support with ideas on this badge here.

Need more inspiration? Young people chose disability as one of the issues they would like to focus on through the Million Hands partnerships. We have partnered with Leonard Cheshire and Guide Dogs who have created a resource pack on disability that compliments the Community Impact Staged badge. For more information, please visit the Million Hands pages here.


Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities. For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility


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