There is a status currently doing the rounds on Facebook about teaching your children to be more understanding of those who are different. This is the post:
I would just like to put this out there! If your kids are not around special needs kids at school and have never been taught that not everyone is the same then maybe you could take 10 min tonight to explain this to them because even though they may not be around these kids at school they will encounter them in their lives, as it should be.
In the light of recent events on the exclusion of a child who has autism from participating in a school trip and a child with Downs Syndrome being kicked out of dance class because she couldn’t keep up, I feel the need to share this. There are boys and girls that nobody invites to birthday parties. There are special kids who want to belong to a team but don’t get selected because it is more important to win than include these children. Children with special needs are not rare or strange, they only want what everyone else wants: to be accepted !!
For all the wonderful children out there.
Can I ask a question? Is there anyone willing to copy and paste this post to their wall without sharing it, like I did for those special children out there
Now I’m not one for copying and pasting statuses usually but this just encapsulates everything that we are trying to achieve with the Theatre of Education via Alphabetically Autistic. So go that one step further help us make it happen. I see numerous times everyday how heartbroken people are at videos and stories of children with special needs being bullied. Imagine being the parent of one of those children, we know the stats are way higher for it happening to our children and it makes me incredibly sad and fiercely protective.
Putting Really Reilly on in schools or in theatre’s for public showing will really help children understand. I cannot stand to see these children being mocked and believe me I have witnessed it on too many occasions.
Please help get Really Reilly to your child’s school and help us promote inclusion and acceptance for these kids, they deserve it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and booking.
Use your voice to make us heard. Share this brilliant initiative.