If you don’t have a disability it can be hard to know how to act around someone who does – we’ve answered some of your questions.
1) What is a disability?
Someone with a disability may think, act or look differently to you and they may be slower at learning. Having a disability means you may need some extra help in a certain aspect of your life whether it’s help with school work, moving around or emotional support. To hear what children at a junior school in Surrey think being disabled means, please click here.
2) Are all disabilities the same?
There are many different types of disability, but they tend to fall under two categories: physical and intellectual. Intellectual is also known as having a ‘learning difficulty’.
If someone has a physical disability they are likely to look or act differently to you. They may need help moving around, some might even be in a wheelchair.
If someone is intellectually disabled they can find learning difficult. If you see them walking down the street, you may not be able to tell that they have a disability because they don’t look different but can find school work very hard.
3) How should I treat someone with a disability?
It’s important to remember that although people with a disability may look, act or think differently, they still have feelings like you, so they should be treated the same way you would treat anyone else. To read what sporting star, Ade Adepitan, has to say about how to treat someone with a disability, please click here.
4) Someone in my class has a disability and is being bullied what should I do?
Bullying is not a nice thing to happen to anyone. It can make you feel sad and uncomfortable. If you know someone who’s being bullied, you should talk to them about how they are feeling. You should encourage them to tell someone older, and someone they feel they can trust like a parent, older brother, sister or teacher. For more advice on what to do about bullying please click here.
5) My friends make fun of me because my brother’s in a wheelchair and can’t talk properly, it’s making me feel unhappy at school and embarrassed, what should I do?
You shouldn’t be embarrassed by your brother. He can’t help having a disability. Please click here for more advice on what to do if you’re being bullied.
6) My friend has a disability, but I’ve never known someone with a disability before so I don’t know how to act around her.
Talk to your friend and ask how you can help make things easier for her. Invite her to join you and your other friends at playtime so that she feels more included.
To read how charities can help disabled children and their families, please click here.