The Full Story will help you to promote disability inclusion and good outcomes for children and young people through reading about the world around us. We have based this resource on the social model of disability, which means recognising that people are disabled by the attitude and structures around them, in society, rather than by their individual impairments. It is society that needs to be adapted, not disabled people.
The resource is designed to help you include every child and make sure every child sees themselves, their families and friends represented positively in their school.
Order these books for your school or classroom. Share this resource with colleagues and discuss attitudes towards disability in your staff meetings and training days. Reflect with colleagues on what opportunities are being missed to talk positively the experiences and perspectives of disabled people, within your day-to-day teaching. This can help build understanding that disabled children are equal, and usual rather than different, special or hidden.
See below some example questions to use with children about disability using the social model. Two of the books featured in the resource booklet are:
- What the Jackdaw Saw by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt.
- Freddie and the Fairy by Julia Donaldson and Karen George.
- Think about all the examples of accessible environments we see around us at school, on streets, public transport and leisure centres. How do familiar things like ramps, lifts, hearing loops, large print books or textured pavements help to make the world fairer and more accessible for people with impairments?
- Consider whether, instead of focusing on how some people ‘can’t’ do things in the same way that others can, it can be helpful to think about how they do them differently.
- Do we sometimes change the way we do things to ensure that everyone can join in with activities?
- What does our school do – and what can we do ourselves – to try to include everyone?
These two books illustrate the social model of disability in ways that are both fun and empowering.