LITTLE PEOPLE SEE A PERSON, NOT A SYNDROME
This is Seb and Ella, aged 4. They have known each since birth and they are second cousins. Ella’s mum and I were pregnant at the same time and the children are a couple of months apart. They have only ever known each other as Seb and Ella and they have a wonderful friendship. They often meet up at family parties and their paths sometimes cross through school too – although they are at different schools we live in the same neighbourhood so some of the children on our street that we know and play with go to school with Ella.
Ella has never asked any questions about Seb. About his speech delay or learning delay. She doesn’t see a label. Or a syndrome. She just sees Seb and all that Seb is. A typical boy who loves football and parties!
I believe inclusion – in schools, communities and society, will breed a new generation of acceptance that will not “see” disability and will celebrate every human on this earth as both unique and equal.
Little people see a person. not a syndrome.