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Children With Disabilities and Inclusivity: What We Can All Do

13 Jul Children With Disabilities and Inclusivity: What We Can All Do

By: Dr. Ruben Rucoba

Sunday, July 26, is American Disability Act Day, marking the 30th anniversary of the signing of the ADA in 1990. If you are a parent to a child who has a cognitive, physical, or emotional disability, then you know how challenging advocating for these children can be. If none of your children have disabilities, you may not know what you can do to raise awareness. Here are some ideas:

Be inclusive: 

  • Talk to your children about including those with disabilities in their activities
  • Point out to your children those with obvious disabilities who are in the community, either adults or children. 
  • Educate them about historical figures who had disabilities, such as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Helen Keller, or Stephen Hawking.
  • Ask your child to invite a friend over who is differently abled for a playdate or appropriate activity.

 

Be a role model:

  • Model the behavior you’d like to see in your children: volunteer with your family at a venue that serves those with disabilities.
  • Teach your children by showing respect to those who are differently abled.

 

Get your workplace, school or community involved:

 

Self care:

  • If you are the parent of a child with disabilities, realize that caregivers need attention, too. Take time out for you and your spouse to ease some of the challenges parenting these children can present.
  • And if you have other children, don’t forget that they may need to talk about what their sibling’s disability means to them and how it affects their lives. If you think the disability is adversely affecting your other children, contact any of our offices to find out what can be done to help.

 

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