My niece (9yo) was telling me about a girl she met at Gymnastics. They are same age so were chatting to one another between the breaks. They were talking, among other things, about school – they attend different schools. This girl, it turned out, goes to the same school Mac will be attending.
It was interesting to hear how this fact transpired. The other girl had mentioned a ‘disabled boy’ was starting at their school this year. There was no malice, it was just a statement of fact – maybe a bit of ‘one upmanship’ or simply making sure her conversation was peppered with interesting facts.
However, the most interesting part to me was my niece’s response…
“Oh, that MIGHT be my cousin, does he have a green wheelchair?”
What I love about the view from my niece’s world is that it isn’t a ‘given’ Mac is the only child in a wheelchair who could be going to the school. It might be him, there could be more than one, but he would probably be the only one with a green chair as she thinks more would choose red, blue, purple or pink before green.
They ended up deciding it probably was her cousin, he likely was in a green wheelchair and that it was kind of cool to know someone else who knows him.
Inclusive education is becoming more normal, more average – soon it will simply be ‘education’.