Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AARDA: Autoimmunity Education Curriculum

Kudos to the AARDA (American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association) for creating this autoimmune curriculum for kids and teachers. Read this, found here:

Innovative New Autoimmunity Curriculum for Elementary and Middle School Teachers

Newswise — DETROIT, April 21, 2014 – Furthering its mission of educating all Americans about autoimmunity and autoimmune disease (AD), the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. (AARDA) has launched the first-of-its kind autoimmune curriculum for teachers of grades three through eight.
Working with life sciences curriculum experts from the Education Center, LLC, AARDA has developed and is making available free to elementary and middle school teachers across the United States grade-appropriate curriculum materials that align with the Common Core Standards.
“If we want all Americans to truly understand what autoimmunity is and how the autoimmune response in individuals can cause any one or more of the more than 100 known autoimmune diseases, what better way than to begin educating them at the earliest possible age,” said Virginia T. Ladd, President of AARDA. [bolding mine]
YES. Ms. Ladd is really onto something here. Accurate information presented early is the best awareness raising tool possible. Here's the video:

Information packets for grades 3 - 8 and video can be found here.


mcspires said...

This is an amazing idea!

Kelly said...

That's a wonderful, accurate and comprehensive video production, but I would up the grade level to 5-adult.

Unless a student or family member of a student in a lower grade has an auto-immune condition, then I might show this to children as young as 6 as an adjunct to explaining autoimmune illness if readiness and interest are there.

3rd graders should still be worrying more about mastering 4-square and multiplication tables than worrying about their bodies attacking themselves.