This doesn’t directly impact my child. She doesn’t know she’s being excluded. But it impacts me. I may be too sensitive (or so I’ve been told) but I definitely feel the sting of rejection on her behalf. I find myself wanting to shout, “What the hell people?”
Alas, I can’t force people to include her. It’s their choice. So I say nothing.
Though, I’d like to just say this…
If there’s a child with a disability in your child’s class, please don’t overlook them. You might assume they can’t go to a party due to mobility or behavioural issues. Maybe you think they pose a safety risk or that they add responsibility to you as the host. But before you exclude them, consider asking the parent to come along to assist their child. I would say yes in a heart beat.
Inclusion is always possible.
And just think of the kind and positive message this sends to your typical child and her friends.
Life is a party and the celebration is so much sweeter when we open our hearts to everyone, despite our differences.