“Mum, why is that lady in a wheelchair?”
“Mum, why can’t that lady talk properly?”
I often over hear innocent kids asking these and similar questions of their parents, who aren’t always sure about how they should answer. Unless children grow up with a disabled sibling or relative, it can be difficult for them to understand why someone is disabled and how they should react to disability. Children need to be able to explore issues of equality and diversity in a safe and fun environment, knowing it’s OK to ask questions.
Flyinglady can provide the following options which support children to explore disability issues:
Assembly Presentation (whole school approximately one hour)
Classroom based sessions (approximately 30mins, up to 7 classes per day)
The objectives of the sessions are:
- To help pupils to understand what disability is and the different types of disability
- To recognise respectful language when talking about or communicating with disabled people
- To dispel the myths and stereotypes which surround disabled people
- To answer any questions which pupils have about disabled people
I’ve worked with a number of schools, reaching over 600 pupils, including:
- Ferndale Primary, Sandwell
- Holy Name Primary, Sandwell
- St Patrick’s Primary, Nottingham
- Manor Primary School, Tamworth
- Kings Norton Girls School
What they’ve said about me:
Thank you, you have inspired me to write books.
Thank you for coming to our school
Thank you for telling us what it is like having a disability.
Thank you for teaching us more about disability.
Thank you, the assembly was very touching.
We love that you’re an author despite having a disability.
Ferndale Primary Children
Aideen came to see a pupil with CP at the school I work at. The girl was bright and hopeful about going to university but talking to Aideen made the possibility seem that much more real because Aideen had been there, done that herself. It was proof that it could be done. Thanks to Aideen she is in the process of choosing a university.
Teacher, Kings Norton Girls School
I can also provide mentoring for disabled pupils and Teacher Training sessions. To book your session, please contact Flyinglady.