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Teaching Kids to Care, Not Stare When They See Someone With a Disability

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As a parent to my 17-year-old daughter and a disability advocate, I have had the opportunity to speak to many types of groups — many of them with an audience of primarily women and/or moms.

I have had a question come up repeatedly from mothers of typically developing children that I feel is so very valuable, and the subject needs to be brought to the surface.

Many women have asked me, “When my child sees a child with a disability or difference, what you suggest I tell them when I notice them staring?” Part one of my answer always has to do with how our kids create teachable moments for kids and adults.

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