This video encourages to celebrate inclusion and highlight the many organizations who support people with disabilities in various ways. If we as people can normalize children around the world, people will no longer be “different” – just differently-abled. In the video different kids with different disabilities say all the things they like to do. while watching the video I notice how much I have in common with most of these kids. As I was watching I was thinking how kids with disabilities are labeled as being different to everyone else, because growing up that’s what I thought. But videos like these show that if more people start to see that disabled kids are just like any normal kid the community for disabled kids/ people will be more accepted and kids will grow up knowing that disabled kids aren’t really disabled but more abled in other ways. When there is a kid without a disability that can’t draw well, there is a disabled kid that can, and also the other way around. This shows that every kid is the same, just some can do more than others. A personality can’t be disabled.
When people see kids with disabilities all they focus on is the disability and not what they are actually able to do. in this video I was introduced to three different kids with different disabilities. One deaf, on with autism and one with ADHD. Even though they all have their difficulties within their day to day lives because of their disability, there are still thinks that they are able to do an are able to excel in. The description for this video is: Children with disabilities are among the most excluded in Philippine society. Highlighting their abilities instead of focusing on their disabilities helps promote not just a positive image for them, but also their inclusion and participation in society so that they can also enjoy their rights as children. Every child deserves the right to live their lives as children. Being able to draw, play sports and express themselves in many different forms of arts. This video promotes the idea that “every child brings something special to this world” and that we should change the way we see disability, that we should see it as being unable to do one thing but being able to do many different things. This video made me think about the way I view disabled people, to view them as normal human beings with other talents and abilities and not seeing them as people who can’t do anything at all being of their disability.
this video is about an 11-year-old girl called phoebe with cerebral palsy. In this video phoebe talks about how she wants people to treat her normally. Phoebe is a very smart girl but she can’t talk or walk. In the video she urges people to just talk to her instead of other people about her condition. She is just like everyone else, she enjoys normal things like any other 11-year-old. When people with disabilities come to schools and talk about their condition most of the students would ask how they use their devices to help them live their lives or how they got diagnosed but when talking to a young kid with a condition I think it is more important to talk to them and ask them questions like you would with any other person to make them feel like a normal kid because they are normal. Phoebe says that when she goes to talk at schools, the students ask her questions like how she uses her computer but she asks them questions like “what’s your favorite animal” back. Phoebe says that it is normal not to talk because that is her normal life. Like being able to talk is normal for us. We all adjust to our bodies in our ways and we work with what are able to do with our bodies. Phoebe wants to talk to people so they get a better understanding of her condition instead of silently questioning it. I would like to meet phoebe and talk to her about her condition because I would like to educate myself on other people.
Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn't, she'd like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this talk, she breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into inspiration. She says that society has a habit of objectifying disabled people for the benefit of none disabled people. Stella goes on to say that when she was younger she received an award for being an inspirational citizen when really if she didn’t have a disability there would be nothing incredible about her and she would not have received this award. From this TED talk I learned that disabled people are a social model of disability and are more disabled by society than the actual diagnosis its self. People like to think that a disability makes you exceptional when in actual fact people who see disabled people as inspirations are using those people as excuses for being grateful for not having a disability. As she continued with her talk I started to think about how I see disabled people and how I have seen all this media on disabled people doing very normal things that any other person could do and be congratulated for it just because they have a disability. Then I started to think of how someone would feel if they were applauded for putting on their shoes. Yes, recognition is nice, but all they did was put on their shoes. You learned to do that when you were 2, or 6, so why at 26 are people going "Oh, yay, look at you, smart little girl putting on your shoes" It would feel patronizing, like putting on shoes was such a big achievement. I think that for many disabled people, they have never known any different, they were born in and grew up in their bodies, and worked within its abilities, same as you and me. To belittle their capabilities, unless they truly are doing something extraordinary, must be very disheartening. I never know what to say to a disabled/differently abled person, but talks like these help me gain some perspective.
as someone who doesn’t know much about autism this video helped me learn more and helped my further understanding on autism. This video was on 5 facts about autism. In the video they stated 5 different facts that are linked to autism and that most people would not know. Because I don’t know many autistic girls I always thought that it was more common for boys. The video in fact stated that there is gender bias in diagnosing autism and when it comes to studying autism, boys get all the attention and that’s because most researchers see autism as a more male predominated disorder. The video also said that the diagnosis ratio for boys compared to girls is 4 to 1 and even if a boy and girl have the same level of autism, the girl is less likely to be diagnosed. This unfortunately makes it harder for autistic girls to access resources. Before watching this video, I always thought that no matter the gender, doctors will always diagnose people equally. And I didn’t know that autism for girls is more difficult to cope with than for boys. Other little facts like “horses are good emotional therapy for autism” and “there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism” to bigger facts like “no one knows what causes autism” are just things every human being needs to know about before voicing their opinion. This video is just another step into expanding my knowledge on autism and furthering my ability to make an opinion on the disorder.
while watching this video I was surprised. I was not surprised at the fact that people would say things like that but the fact that before watching this video I would agree with most of the statements. This video was based on autistic people commenting on sayings or phrases that they are tired of hearing that are directed to autistic people. Prior to watching the video, I had this image in my head of what people with Autism had to look like and talk like. I always thought that autistic people would be in their own worlds because that was the type of autism I have experienced the most in my life. One of the sayings that they got was “you don’t look autistic”, and when I clicked on the video that was the first thing I thought of when it started. In the video they responded with saying that there is a huge spectrum and when someone says that, it feels like breaking someone’s preconceived ideas on autism. There was also a saying that they picked out that said “everyone is a little autistic” and it’s sad to say that before this video I was one of the people that would say that. When I heard this saying come out I thought that they would not respond in such a negative way but I was surprised when they did. When they were asked to describe autism I paused the video and thought of how I would describe autism and I had no idea on how I would describe it, which shows that as much as you try to learn about autism and as much as you think you know, you will never know enough. this video was eye opening and personally this video was more than just about autism, it was also about thinking before you say something to someone that could offend someone, and with autistic people, they could react very differently to what you say because they could be on different sides of the spectrum. One of the guys in the video said that autism is a very individual thing and every person on the spectrum is very very different.
sesame street is a very popular kid’s TV show and when I saw this I was amazed. In this episode of the show they introduced a new character called Julia who has autistic traits, like not answering a question straight away or being touch sensitive and when one of the other characters didn’t understand her and why she was acting the way she was, all the other characters tried to explain to him what autism is and tried to normalize it for him. He got to learn what autism is, how Julia deals with her autism and that autism is okay because everyone is different with or without autism. I think that this episode of sesame street is very important for kids to watch. Kid’s learn and understand more from TV shows that they grow up watching, and by watching this they can learn and understand what autism is so when they meet someone with autism in their childhood they understand why they are acting the way they are. I also think that having a character like Julia is very important for growth and change in the media. Many TV shows for kids or even for older audiences don’t have my autistic characters which creates a wall between us and our knowledge for autism. A character like Julia is important to have because it invites acceptance and understanding into the autistic community. Autism is very different for everyone, which is exactly what this episode explains so well. I’m so glad they didn’t say that autism is the same for everyone who has it, because that wouldn’t be correct at all. It’s impossible to show what autism is like for everybody, because no two people have it exactly the same. Autism is a very difficult thing to explain, so I’m very impressed with how Sesame Street showed this. It couldn’t have been shown any better. Does it perfectly explain autism? No. But that’s because nothing can. This episode shows it in the best way possible, I’m so glad that kids can watch this and have a better understanding of autism.
“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King in her TED talk. Rosie King who is also autistic wants to know why everyone is so worried about being normal? In this video she explains that being autistic and having the ability to create her own world and having an imagination frees her. She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity. For such a long time I have thought that autistic people have the ability to excel in math and science, but in this video I have learned that autism is beyond math and science. Rosie says that her being autistic has released her ability to be creative and create her own world in her head which can be more real than the real world. She says that something like this is classified as not being “normal” to the rest of society, and because of this stereotype she tries to persuade people into thinking that being “normal” is not always the best solution for society, because everyone is different. Rosie also says that her brother and sister have autism too, except they are none verbal, she says that as challenging as it is to have none verbal siblings she still finds a way to communicate with them and that they are still the best siblings to have. This to me says that even if you meet someone with a disability you and them still have the ability to communicate with one another despite them having autism. If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve only met one person with autism because they are all so very different.