Several students in the Global Citizenship (SS103) class experienced first hand how teamwork, collaboration, and becoming actively engaged citizens can fuel success when advocating for a need in the community. Students became aware of a young child with a little known disorder and responded whole–heartedly with a project to assist in meeting his needs and the needs of others with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum.
Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum (ACC) is a birth defect in which the structure that connects the two hemispheres of the brain (the corpus callosum) is partially or completely absent. This condition is often mistaken for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or autism.
The students became more aware of this condition through research and by meeting personally with the child with the disorder. The students are attempting to assist this child and others with the condition by raising awareness of the disorder. The students are promoting awareness through educational pamphlets they have created and distributed to a variety of community members. In addition to the pamphlets the students have created, laminated, and distributed basic emergency sign language “cheat sheets” to area police, EMTs and firefighters to assist in communicating with those with limited or nonexistent verbal skills such as those with ACC.
The students are advocating for this child by attempting to raise funds to purchase a sensory swing through the sale of specially designed bracelets and t-shirts. The SS103 class is coming to an end this quarter. These dedicated students are committed to assisting this child and others with ACC by continuing their committment to the project even after the quarter ends.