I think with a disability or not its safe to say that we have all felt moments of exclusion through out our lives.I think that that is in part more obvious when you have a physical disability and sure it can be a road block but I dont feel like it is impossible to overcome.
I think kids have difficulty in understanding what a disability is because they are so well trained that it isn’t polite to ask questions the problem with this is that it leads to misinformation and exclusion because the other children do not know how to relate to kids with disabilities as a resault.
I think it would help everyone if you taught your child that it is okay to politely ask questions i can’t tell you how many times i have been out in public and i hear a child ask their parent why i am in a wheelchair to which the parent says in a hushed tone we dont talk about it, its rude then hurries their children away only to suggest after a few paces but still in earshot that i was in some kind of tragic accident.
This in my opinion leads to the assumption from the childs point of view that everyone young in a wheelchair who isnt old must have been in an accident. I prefer to take a moment if i am allowed the opportunity to explain about cerebral palsy. It is my hope that the kid will realize that if they run into a child with a disability that they are kids that like the same things they you do. The only difference maybe how they get around or how they communicate
all in all i think breaking down this barrier will help the kids with disabilities feel more socially included.
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