Wheelchair Kid Talk
A few excerpts from 10 Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids About Disabilities ...
"When it comes to staring, kids get a “Get of Jail Free” card."
"The world is full of people who are different."
"Letting them know we can do many things on our own is a huge lesson for kids."
"Our chairs aren’t glued to our butts."
"Our wheelchairs aren’t oversized strollers."
"Fear, shame or embarrassment is not what you want your kids to feel in the presence of disability."
"Drive home the notion of a wheelchair as being an empowering object, not one that symbolizes helplessness."
"Feeling nervous, awkward or afraid around people with disabilities will only make your kids feel the same way."
"While some of us do have some awful chronic pain, letting your kids know a disability doesn’t necessarily equate to physical pain can take a definite load off their mind."
"My 6-year-old niece is a great example. She’s still too young to understand the concept of a spinal cord injury, so I just tell her my legs just don’t listen to me anymore, and she understand it completely."