A Feministe reader has been asked to give the “parent’s point of view” on inclusion for her city’s recreation center. She writes in looking for information, talking points and a wider context so that she can most effectively advocate for people with disabilities.
Why is inclusion of people with disabilities important? Especially in terms of childcare and recreational services for children with disabilities.
Having affordable childcare for my child with a disability (autism) that offered inclusion services has been invaluable to me as a mother who works outside the home, especially as a single mom/bread winner. But it has also been important for my son, who gets to experience the same things as his NT peers do.
I have been asked to give a little talk on Saturday to some newbie Inclusion Specialists at the city Recreation Center. My son has gone there for childcare and rec (swimming, etc.) and been supported by an inclusion plan. They want me to give the “parents point of view” to the new employees.
Anyhow, I just want to make sure I have a lot of insight. I know my situation and my son’s, but that is a narrow strip in the bigger picture of disabilities and childcare.
Advise away! And remember that you can send Feministe Feedback questions to feministe-at-gmail-dot-com.
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