Talking to Your Kids About Disabilities
- Be open to questions to acknowledge our differences, even when your kids loudly point out another person’s differences in a public place.
- Ease anxiety by explaining that they can’t “catch,” a disability, it’s what makes us all unique.
- Address the person first, then the disability, and use respectful terminology.
- Make a connection by focusing on shared similarities rather than differences.
- Explain equipment and service animals.
- Research answers and reconnect with your kids if you got something wrong when you first talked about it.