Disability equity education : confronting ableist bias in early childhood

Cologon, Kathy and Mevawalla, Zinnia and Niland, Amanda and Artinian, Virginia and Salvador, Aliza and Wright, Katie; Scarlet, Red Ruby, ed. (2020) Disability equity education : confronting ableist bias in early childhood. In: The Anti-bias Approach in Early Childhood. Multiverse Publishing, Sydney, Australia, pp. 71-76. ISBN 9780995379510

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Abstract

No matter what we might prefer to think, children do notice 'difference'. In fact, they are often attuned to identifying differences and similarities. The question to ask ourselves as adults is why we pretend that children don’t notice difference, or think noticing difference is a problem? What messages do our responses to the ways in which children do notice difference send and what is the impact of this? Human diversity is a wonderful reality and when children notice differences between people this doesn’t mean children think these differences are negative. If we don’t create positive spaces for discussing and addressing human diversity with young children, however, we create 'taboos' around the human differences that children might notice. Thus, we begin to accidentally enculturate children into the idea that some differences are 'bad', 'wrong', or 'unnatural'.

ORCID iDs

Cologon, Kathy, Mevawalla, Zinnia ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9590-1949, Niland, Amanda, Artinian, Virginia, Salvador, Aliza and Wright, Katie; Scarlet, Red Ruby