All of us at Hand-in-Hand strive for inclusion. We have programs which are attended by participants of all abilities, as well as staff and volunteers of all abilities, and we plan activities that can be adapted to everyone’s ability levels throughout the QC community. It’s important to us that people realize we all have strengths and weaknesses, and it’s okay that everyone doesn’t look and act exactly the same. We make our community a more vibrant place by bringing to the table our unique personalities, and we all play important roles that fit our strengths.
Reading is an easy way to teach children about inclusion because many books contain good messages for children intertwined with an entertaining story. There are several books out there that teach how to be inclusive, accept people for who they are, and understand their own strengths, but here are our top 5 picks.
1. My Brother Charlie
Holly Robinson Peete and her daughter collaborated on this book written about their son and brother, Charlie, who has autism, and it highlights that even though there are some things he can’t do well, there are plenty more things he excels at
2. Strictly No Elephants
The Pet Club doesn’t understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, so a boy with a pet elephant must find a solution to this problem. This book creatively teaches children that pets, as well as people, can be different and wonderful at the same time
3. Red: A Crayon’s Story
Red is a crayon that should be able to color red things, but everything he colors turns out blue instead. This book shows children that they can be their true self, and that just because someone looks a certain way, doesn’t mean they should be defined or limited by those characteristics
4. Don’t Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability
This book explores (in an easy to understand way) disabilities, special equipment that helps people with disabilities in their daily lives, assumptions people make, and how people with disabilities can live happy and full lives
5. We’ll Paint the Octopus Red
When Emma’s little brother is born with Down syndrome, she wonders what he won’t be able to do. Emma and her father help each other realize that with patience and assisting him when he needs it, Isaac will be able to do anything and everything
Inclusion is vital for a happy and healthy community, and Hand-in-Hand offers many inclusive programs. Please visit our child care and preschool or respite pages to learn more about the inclusive programs and activities we offer to children and young adults in our area. Happy reading!