Our CEO, Leanne Fretten, was recently interviewed by Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) about how to discuss disability and inclusion in an early childhood setting, and how toys can build empathy and open-mindedness.
Key points in the article are:
Welcome questions about disability; allow discussion and for children to be curious.
Respond in a respectful and age-appropriate way.
Remind children that everyone’s unique, in so many different ways.
Use child-first rather than disability-first language.
Avoid reducing a child to their disability or mentioning it unnecessarily.
Avoid language that’s inspirational towards the children who have a disability, because having a disability doesn’t make them heroic.
Toys and stories that illustrate and embed the concepts can be helpful.