A few weeks ago I wrote about a new program at Abby’s school that celebrated Special Needs Awareness Month. I had to take down the children’s challenges as the program had ended (I did save a few) but thought you might like to see how incredible this project turned out.
We incorporated celebrities who are outspoken about their difficulties and placed the students (and others) challenges above, below, next and over them.
Each week the poster of the celebrity changed, but the children’s never did. To show that you might always have a disability, but you will always be you.
Then the kindergarten teachers took our idea and blew us away, having the students draw their challenges.
I am overwhelmed by how honest and forthcoming the students were. There were so many honest conversations at home, at school and on the playground.
This video was shown on World Down Syndrome Day. The one response from the kids? They wished it showed all disabilities not just Down Syndrome. But they understood the message: your friend is your friend. It’s as simple as that.
I would like to thank Abby’s school for taking on this month long program and simply rocking it. The Challenge will be back next year and in more schools. I cannot wait to see how the kids evolve.