I know there are people who wonder why some of us fight so hard for the philosophy of inclusion to simply be the norm.
Today was a reminder of why we do what we do. The concept of inclusion isn’t really about Mac, it’s not about me, or us as a family… it’s for all of us, our entire community, our entire society. It makes us all better people.
According to Mac’s teacher, this is how things went down today…
Friday is sports day and today’s activity was touch footy (touch football/AusTag/flag football/toque de futebol).
Under Mr B’s guidance the team captains get four picks each – then Mr B divvies up the rest to avoid someone being the potential ‘last pick’.
Mr B was absolutely amazed when Mac was the second pick on one of the teams. He said, “it wasn’t something I expected – but it was awesome to witness”.
It is these little moments that make you realise what great young people we are growing by ensuring they are ALL together, authentically together. Not as part of a program, or a unit or by special invitation for part of a day, or for certain subjects or by volunteering to be with the ‘special kids’ as a rostered job.
To these kids Mac is just one of them. Sure, they know he has a disability… they just don’t care.
For the record… Mr B & I both acknowledged we may not have picked Mac if we were captains. He kind of sucks at touch footy and we are both, clearly, a little bit too competitive and perhaps not as ‘evolved’ as these kids…
As it turned out he played briefly then switched it up to become a touch judge/linesman.
To be honest, I’m not sure what is funnier – Mac playing touch footy in the chariot or Mac being a linesman (bearing in mind his vision impairment). I guess touch footy at CPS just became a ‘game of chance’.