I watch one of Mac’s classmates, “C” scurry back into the room after the bell had gone.
“Have you got one of those wheelchair sheets?” he asked the teacher, “I’m taking one home for my Dad.”
‘What’s a wheelchair sheet?’ you ask …
Well, it seems the kids are working on inventions and mods for Mac’s wheelchair at the moment, some work is going on in class… others are taking it home to keep working on. But “C” decided his Dad will probably have some good ideas on how to make Mac’s chair work for soccer… C’s dad also uses a wheelchair.
I had a good chuckle with C’s mum about the fact her husband is now getting homework.
But… let’s just think about what is going on here.
Mac’s peers and Mac are designing wheelchair modifications and activities to make it possible for Mac to do more stuff WITH THEM.
I’ve seen a couple of the blueprints.
There’s a multi-net cricket catching contraption, a catapult style bowling attachment (yay for the girls for finally coming up with a catapult) and one of the boys is working on how to attach the class carpet sweeper to Mac’s chair, so he can help out with class chores.
Part of this ties in to their “Awesome in August” class challenge, but much of this innovative thinking has followed some of the other kids designing a way for Mac to play handball with them in the playground.
The handball idea was the kids’ initiative. They do seek out our assistance (but generally only when they need me to buy something LOL).
This is our future generation, this is the society we get to look forward to. A society where where inclusion and innovation reign supreme.
So why would anyone want less than this for their kids?
Why do people choose segregated schools, segregated classrooms or segregated activities? Why don’t they want what is on offer in a place where “all means all”, where disability “value adds” and where innovation, problem solving and broader thinking is the norm?
I can see the society I want my son to grow up in, and I look forward to it. I’m not convinced that the other choices don’t actually weaken a society.