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JustDifferent workshop at Stedham Primary School

Alison Wright, centre, with pupils from Stedham Primary school. From left Matila Thompson, ten, Tara Reene, ten, Kieran Coombes, nine, and Sophie Bryant, ten.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140385-1

Alison Wright, centre, with pupils from Stedham Primary school. From left Matila Thompson, ten, Tara Reene, ten, Kieran Coombes, nine, and Sophie Bryant, ten.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140385-1

CHILDREN at Stedham Primary School found out what it’s like to live with a disability through a JustDifferent workshop organised at the school.

More than 60 pupils and staff joined the disability and difference workshop which was delivered by Alison Wright, who was born with short arms as a result of her mother taking the Thalidomoide drug during the early stages of pregnancy.

“We know the earlier young people learn about disability and difference, the more likely they are to accept people like me as they get older,” said Alison.

“We aim to create a better understanding of disability issues, giving children the chance to ask questions and have fun!”

Headteacher Sally Dreckmann said: “We are a school with very little diversity and we felt it important to address disability awareness. 

“Alison Wright spent the day working with each class. Our children were able to ask questions in an open and non-threatening environment. 

“The most powerful part of the visit was seeing the attitudes and misconceptions of some of our children change and by the time Alison left, they understood more about disability and difference, and the fact that it is just a normal part of life.”

 

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