Theresa - posted on 03/11/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
How do you handle when your kids see others with noticable disabilities? I'm especially interested in answers from people who actually have a disability. My kids have asked me, when the disabled person can hear, things like "Mommy why is he/she in a wheelchair", "What happened to him/her". I don't want to tell my children not to ask because it's a fair, innocent question and I don't want them to think they should avoid people with disabilities. Is it better to pull them aside and talk to them about it, say something in front of the person (since they heard the child ask), or actually take the child and ask the person together. Today my two youngest and I were in Taco Bell and a lady in a wheelchair came in. My little ones, ages 2 1/2 and 1, both just stared at her the whole time (she was sitting at the table right by us). I kept trying to get them to turn and eat without being obvious. Thanks for any advice you give.