Parents Must Prepare Children to Encounter Disability
Jessica Grono, a special education teacher who has cerebral palsy, recently wrote an important letter to parents about teaching disability awareness to children.
She writes about how disability is often left out of early socialization training:
Parents often prepare their child about how to handle strangers, use manners, respond to bullies and be a good student. But children are rarely taught how to be open to disabilities and that it’s OK to become friends with someone no matter who they are or the disability they might have.
With the world growing in accessibility, the chance of such encounters will continue to grow (as it should!) and, with proper education and parental guidance, children won’t put off by disability.
You can read Jessica’s full letter at Cerebral Palsy Today.