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Elementary students experience life with a disability

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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The lesson for students Thursday at one Onondaga County elementary school was to learn about the lives of others, specifically those living with disabilities.

Seven different stations were set up during gym class at Fayetteville Elementary. They focused on everything from navigating around in a wheelchair and reading with letters reversed to listening to a teacher speak in a foreign language.

School officials say it helps kids be more aware of what others go through each and every day.

"They're old enough to understand and have that compassion feeling for students and it's a critical time because they're the leaders in our building, because we're a K-4 building. So we hope that the message travels down and it just works by doing it every other year with our third and fourth grade," said Eileen Lux, Fayetteville Elementary School Principal.

Lux says the goal isn't for kids to feel sorry for those who are disabled, but to be able to interact better with others who learn differently.

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