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Opening up the discussion about disabilities with children is something most parents wouldn’t think of doing unless a child notices someone with a disability.
There are a whole host of disabilities out there and not all disabilities are visual. According to the World Health Organisation, 15% of the world’s population is disabled. With such a high percentage of individuals, it’s important to talk to children about the visual and non-visual disabilities that are out there.
Children are very inquisitive and are not afraid to ask questions about things that they do not understand. Every parent wants to bring their child up to be polite and courteous and they can often be alarmed when a child is forthright when asking questions to a disabled person. Children often don’t have any preconceived ideas about the differences in each person, but it’s still important to educate children that people with a disability are like everyone else.
Six things to remember when discussing disability with children
Having an open discussion about disability with your child is important for their understanding and awareness. Your child is going to be exposed to a lot of disabled people throughout their lifetime, so it’s important to be as open as possible. Being open about the topic of disability will help your child understand some of the fundamentals of disabled people. – Let’s open up the discussion.
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