12 Feb School kids talk about inclusion
The resourcefulness and strengths of people with a disability should be celebrated and better supported according to NSW school children.
The Uniting Local Area Coordination and Uniting Ability Links programs recently ran a ‘Strength in Disability’ competition in which over 230 children in years 5 and 6 from 64 schools submitted artwork and stories which highlighted the theme ‘Strength in Disability’.
Winning entrant Jaeden, who is ten, said people shouldn’t assume a person with a disability is unable to do the same things as everyone else. “Start treating everyone equal and as you would like to be treated,” said Jaeden.
Samantha (12 years) said “Kids in the playground can offer to play with the kids that have a disability to help them feel included. Everyone should become friends with someone who has a disability because their strengths inspire others to do their best,” she said.
Harvey (13 years) said the community should make sure people with a disability can enjoy the gifts of the bush. “Providing access tracks and better facilities will make areas of the bush like the river, camping grounds and Koala parks easier to access so all can enjoy. Our natural bush gives us all energy and is unique and it is something that we should all have the chance to enjoy whether we have a disability or not,” he said.”
Jacinta (12 years) said “I feel our community could be more inclusive by introducing more play spaces for children with disabilities. Perhaps including some sensory objects in our playgrounds and swings that can accommodate children that are in wheelchairs.”
Elodie (ten years) said “learn more about disabilities and have more disability friendly access.”
Bella (11 years) said “we could do a few simple things to be more inclusive of people with a disability such as putting in more wheelchair ramps, more wheelchair parking, establishing groups such as disability sport teams, or even simply being more accepting of them. We’re all people, and we should all feel included.”
Toby (12 years) “Be more aware of people with disabilities – those disabilities you can and can’t see, and look after each other as you don’t know what other people have been through.”
Sophie (11 years) “I think that our community could do a better job with the parks and playgrounds and making them more accessible to people in wheelchairs.”