kids that difference is valuable and part of being human.
about different types of disabilities and what we all have in common.
with kids how everyone (classmates and friends) can work or play together and encourage those connections.
the message that kids and youth with disabilities belong in your community, classroom, and workplace.
kids avoid negative and ‘ableist’ language, like “confined to a wheelchair” or “suffers from a disability” that implies having a disability is bad, and instead use “uses a wheelchair” or “has a disability.”
kids to ask questions about disability, including asking kids and adults with disabilities directly. Teach kids how to use respectful language and to seek permission before asking follow up questions.
that each individual chooses how to describe themselves and their disability. For example, some people use “autistic person,” while others use “person with autism.” The best way to understand how an individual wants to be described is to ask them.
kids about times they have felt different and reflect on those experiences.
(like stairs, videos without captions or doors without access buttons) and talk to kids about how we can find solutions.
invite kids and youth with disabilities to join your social and community activities.