In My Shoes: Second-graders get lessons in empathy for children with disabilities

Lining up the zipper was complicated. Fastening the buttons was even tougher, especially while wearing thick work gloves.

But that’s how 8-year-old Kylie Vincent and her classmates at New Hope Elementary School in Columbus got a glimpse of challenges people with Down syndrome face each day. The hands-on exercise was part of In My Shoes, a Junior Auxiliary of Columbus service project for more than a decade.


The disability awareness program helps

children better understand classmates,
and relatives who may
seem different. 


by Jan Swoope

Edwin Rutsch’s insight:

Teaching empathy through role playing.