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Children and staff from River Mead School in Melksham are set to find out more about disability and difference when they spend the day (5th May) with JustDifferent, a charity which aims to increase understanding about disability and difference in a positive and lasting way.
JustDifferent will run a series of interactive workshops at the school which have been carefully designed for children in years 4, 5 and 6. The workshops will include real life story telling, activities and a thought-provoking question and answer session.
The workshops will be led by Alison Wright who was born with short arms as a result of her mother taking a prescribed drug called Thalidomide during the early stages of pregnancy. This however has not stopped Alison achieving many things in life including silver medals in the paraplegic games in the 1970s for running, table tennis and high jump. She also won numerous awards at competition level in horse riding.
Alison said, “We know that the earlier children and young people learn about disability and difference, the more likely they are to accept people like me, as they get older. We aim to create better understanding of disability issues, give children and young people the chance to ask questions about disability –and have fun!”
JustDifferent works in both primary and secondary schools and since 2008 has run more than 5,686 workshops in schools across the country reaching over 179,000 children and young people.