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My Girl Scouts

etiquette and person-first language, as well as about invisible disabilities, accessibility and adaptations. The program stressed inclusion and the importance of showing a positive attitude toward people with special needs. For the second part of my Gold Award project, I solicited donations and created a sensory toy library in the Civic Center Library. I also created two adaptive-toy libraries in Chaparral High School and the Oracle School District. For these libraries, I adapted toys to make them more suitable for different abilities. My goal was to make sure children of all abilities could play with the toys independently. Reflecting on my Girl Scout journey and experience during this project, I realized that Girl Scouts has allowed me to grow into the young adult I am today. Girl Scouting has taught me hard work, leadership skills, integrity and dedication. I have learned the importance of taking the initiative, networking and leading by example. In addition, the Girl Scout High Awards gave me challenges and roadblocks that I would have never imagined or faced in another setting. These experiences tested Brianna Iannone of who I am as a person—and Scottsdale says Girl helped build my character. Scouts taught her leadership skills and I’ve learned while things the courage to face don’t always go as planned, obstacles. (Photo what is important is how courtesy Girl Scouts) one responds and gathers the courage to face these the daily challenges obstacles. differently abled people may face. Girl Scouts has helped I feel the top reason for youth to not me build the confidence I now have as I extend kindness to those who are different prepare for college where I plan to study from them is that they don’t know what to genetic counseling, and for my future, do or say. I also feel that all youth can learn which I plan to advocate for people with a lot from people who have disabilities and special needs. develop compassion in doing so. In the –Brianna Iannone is a senior in high school learning groups that were part of my Gold and is from Scottsdale. She has been a Girl Scout Award project, I aimed to bring awareness for 12 years and has earned her Gold Award. to this issue and learned how to practice

EXPERIENCE How I found acceptance as a scout By Brianna Iannone

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hether it’s leading a service project, teaching younger girls to make s’mores around the campfire or earning my Gold Award, Girl Scouts has taken a starring role in my life since I joined in kindergarten. When I bridged to the Girl Scout senior level in ninth grade, I started thinking about social issues I could tackle for my Gold Award project. I knew I wanted to earn a Gold Award, the most prestigious award a Girl Scout can earn, and find a sustainable solution to something that I was passionate about. I was overwhelmed with choices. There was so much I wanted to do! My inspiration came from personal experiences when I was a little girl, and I was diagnosed with a learning disability. Since that time, I have always wanted to help other differently abled children. So, I had an idea and a whole lot of enthusiasm, but little did I know how much growth I would experience through this challenge of earning the highest award in Girl Scouting. As most kids learn through play, I wanted to create a “play first, learn second” program for all children, including kids with special needs. With this in mind, I developed a class for youth groups to learn about different neuro and physical disabilities. I would speak about a learning disability, and then have the group play a game that required them to adopt the disability to experience

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