I am Norm

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I can’t believe what an impact the movie Including Samuel had on me. I was partly affected because I have a son named Samuel who is around the same age. However, it is most likely my personal link to someone with Cerebral Palsy. My friend, Roxanne, taught me a lot about life and how to treat people. She was one of my biggest fans when I played professional hockey. It was Roxanne who showed me what inclusion means to people with disabilities. Unfortunately, Roxanne is no longer with us, but what a special teacher of how to live life she was for me!

I am Norm is a campaign to show people that “different” is the norm. We are all unique in so many ways. It doesn’t matter about our abilities, we all have the right to the same opportunities, in school and our community.

Is there anyone that is not considered “normal” by society’s standards, but is a role model to you? How would you feel if others treated you differently or excluded you because they didn’t define you as “normal”? How has Including Samuel and Darius Goes West changed the way you think about people with disabilities? What actions can you take to ensure inclusion works well in our school and community? How are you going to support the I am Norm campaign?


31 thoughts on “I am Norm

    Shaynah said:
    December 22, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Pleased to meet you Norm,I’m Norm!
    I think everyone should be considered normal in my opinion.Because to me,being different is being
    normal. 🙂

    Everyone calls me wierd,but that is the way I usually act,so that is normal.Just about everyone thinks that being in a wheelchair is not normal,but it actully is.The way that you usually act is supposed to be considered normal.But some people don’t know that yet. :0

    chaslee said:
    December 22, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Mr. Purdon put on a movie that was about children who have disabilities. When the movie was about to end Mr. Purdon told us to tell how we felt and think about Samuel.

    micheala:0!!!!! said:
    December 22, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I think after watching these movies it is ok to be who you are no matter if you have a disability and if you think people are going to make fun of you that is how you were born so you should be proud of wh you are. Just like darius he didn’t care if he was in a wheel chair he cept going living a normal life with his friends and just like samual to he was excepted by his peers and his family.

    Rose said:
    December 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

    my role model is all the disabled people who never give up, they teach me that even if you have a problem in your life you should never give up your dream. if i was left out I would feel sad but also happy. Sad because you know that know one likes you. Happy because you can be yourself and do what you want to do. the movies has not changed my mind; i already felt like this, sad, for them. well ive notticed we dont have elevators or ramps, and i think we need ramps just in case some ones in grades 1,2,3,4,5 or 6, and those grades are upstairs so it would be impossible to get some one with a disabilaty or someone who cant walk. iam going to support the IAM NORM compaign by raising money from and at my church to send to the IAM NORM compaign.

    taylor said:
    December 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I think after watching the move I felt sad in side. So i must be hard to be Cerebral Palsy like samual has that is not a good thing to have darius goes west it makes people with disebility they can do anything.

    leo said:
    December 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

    After watching these movies they taught me that nobody’s perfect. I don’t have anybody in my family that has a disability or I might not know them. If others treated me differently or excluded me I would fell sad or left out. I will try to support the I am Norm campaign by not making some people fell left out. If someone had a disability in our school I would make them fell better about themselves so they don’t fell left out.

    maria said:
    December 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

    When i saw this movie it made me feel sad because samuel is just a boy in kindergarten and its hard for him to talk, but this tought me that we can help.normal is peaple that is just be yourself and show that you are your self.

    austin said:
    December 22, 2011 at 9:52 am

    My uncle has autism and he is a big part in my life. And if someone excluded me because of autism or something else I would feel mad and sad. Darius goes west and including Samuel have changed the way I look at people with disabilities. There challenged and we should accept them the way they are. If someone at are school I would just treat them like one of us so they don’t feel left out.

    Aleia! :P said:
    December 22, 2011 at 9:52 am

    hello i think every one is normal and they should not be made fun of for who they are. people that have disabilitys are the same people as us they are human beings and they should be treated the same as us and no groups or standards. Including Samuel and Darius Goes West have really changed my thinking about people with disabilitys i figured out that they are the same people as us and they should be treated like us. Inclusion in our school is comion we have so disability people in our school and thay are treated the same as we are (human beings).

    Adam said:
    December 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Well a role model to me is Darius even though I don’t know him I really am just so amazed that he traveled almost all of America even though he was disabled but he doesn’t care he’s just like everybody else he just has to be in a wheelchair but so what.

    If I were excluded because they didn’t think I was normal I would go up to them say “hey you know what I cant change how I am and will be so accept me I wont change now or ever so accept me now cause im not changing in future” but also on the inside I would be so mad that they discluded me because they didn’t think I was normal but everyone has there own normal so to me I would be as normal as can be.

    Darius goes west and Including Samuel changed my thinking about people with disabilities so much because no matter how they are they all are trying to live there life but they may be different then you that doesn’t mean they are not normal its means they different then you but who cares accept them for who they are cause they don’t choose it they don’t choose who they are.

    Well to make sure inclusion works I will keep an eye out for anything I see that discludes different people and I will go there either help the person being discluded or I would go there and say to the person discluding the other person and say you should include this person because they cant change who they are so accept them now cause they are not changing in the future.

    To support the I am norm campaign I would go to facebook or twitter or some public site and make a page supporting the I am norm campaign of inclusion of all types of people.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 22, 2011 at 9:57 am

      This is an amazing response to this post Adam!

    Nadia:) said:
    December 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Including Samuel and Darius goes west, really changed me on how I think of people with disabilities. Now I know they are just normal people like us and just because they look different we shouldn’t be scared or frightened. A person with a disability I know who is my role model is a girl named Abby. I met her at a daycare program and the people there called her names, but then one day she came up to me and we had a great conversation. I didn’t even realize she had a disability because we had so much in common, and we were such good friends after that.  I am going to support the” hello I am Norm” campaign by; wearing my badge everyday and by spreading the word to others who have no clue about this but also, I will put the link about the campaign on twitter and my other online networking site to make sure people will support this campaign. 

    I will try to ensure inclusion in this school by: making sure people with disabilities in this school feel welcome. If I was excluded from a group because I wasn’t considered normal I would feel, un- happy, mad, disappointed and terrible….. I guess that’s how disabled people feel so I am going to try to stop discluding!!

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 22, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Nadia, Thank You for making such a wonderful, thought out response to the post!

    Raja said:
    December 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I think every one is normal because they all are people and they all have there own special way of life. i would feel sad if people would say i am not normal like every one elas. Also Including Samuel and darius goes west has changed the way i think of disabilities and other bad things people have in their bodies.the thing I well do for the school and the community well be able to clean up and respect other people with disabititys in their body.

    Cody said:
    December 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

    My mother is not considered “normal” by society, but she has been a role model for me by giving me advice so I don’t end up hurt when I’m older in life. She trys to do her best to keep me amused even though she has a problem in her back. She has been a great role model over the years of my life, and I’m greatful for that.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 22, 2011 at 10:53 am

      Well said Cody! It sounds like you are lucky to have your mother!

    Katie said:
    December 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Hi Samuel I am sad because people don’t think that you are normal and but I think that you are normal and I am wondering,
    How are you doing? and I want to say good luck in school
    and have fun with your friends and have fun in the class room.

    Damien said:
    December 22, 2011 at 10:59 am

    After watching these movies I see how important it is to except everyone even if they have disabilities we should show some kindness if we se some one coming down the road in a wheelchair because they may not be able to walk but they still have a life and they should be treated with some respect.

    Zachery said:
    December 22, 2011 at 11:03 am

    After we all watched Including Samuel and Darius Goes West I think we al learned a lesson but I think I learned a important lesson. I think I learned that everybody is the same in one way and everybody can be different. I believe this because in the movies we’ve been watching the characters have been having disabilities but the weird thing is I haven’t been realizing. I’ve been thinking of them as regular people who don’t have disabilities that’s why I feel proud to wear my name tag “ Hello I am NORM”.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

      You are so very right Zach!

    Gemma said:
    December 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I think that these movies have changed me in a way that is understandable to no one else. My cousin has autism and I think that is why I have knowledge about disabilities. He is just as included as his sister is and I think that helps him feel welcome. That is why he can cope. He is a role model to me because he really opened my eyes. Now that he is eight years old, he can communicate with me and everyone around him. He is not afraid to share his thoughts and feelings.

    I would feel hurt if anyone excluded me from a certain activity because of a certain feature or flaw. Nobody can help who they are. I have been left out before, and it is not a good feeling. If you are treating someone badly because of who they are, stop and think about how they feel. They are people, too.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 22, 2011 at 11:07 am

      It’s funny how so many of us are related to or know someone with a disability. I’m glad to hear you have a great relationship with your cousin. Remember Gemma you can make a difference in their lives by just being their friend.

    Kadi-Rose said:
    December 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Keith Jones has taught me a lot. I didn’t even know he existed until I we watched Including Samuel, but his attitude is just, amazing. He taught me that even though some people have disabilities, you can still do things that people that don’t have disabilities can do. I myself have never been disclosed from any activities with people because I wasn’t ‘normal’. I’ve also never heard the words “you can’t hang out with us because you’re not normal” come out of anyone’s mouth before. I’ve seen children get become excluded from playing with their peers because they didn’t look like them, or they didn’t talk like them, or they weren’t able to walk like them, if that counts. I know if anybody tried to do that to me, I wouldn’t be happy.

    A way I’m going to support the “I am Norm” campaign is telling more people about it, and maybe try to stop people from saying “that’s retarded” or something. ]

    Those with disabilities can’t help to have them or not, luckily it doesn’t change who they are. They’re the same as you and I, we shouldn’t treat them differently. It’s not fair to them, and it’s not fair to you.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

      I was very impressed by Keith Jones as well. What a testament to what someone with a disability can do!

    Thomas said:
    December 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Well, a role model to me is Darius Wheems. Darius is a role model to me is because he showed us that you can go anywhere, even if you’re disabled. He also showed me that you shouldn’t be ashamed of yourself, even if you’re in a wheelchair.

    If I was excluded from an activity or a club and they thought that I’m not “Normal”
    I would go up to them and say “I’m normal in many different ways. You shouldn’t kick somebody out just because you think their not normal”

    Darius Goes West and Including Samuel changed my thinking of people being disabled. It changed my thinking by making me think that they are regular, normal people trying to live their lives, and they are trying to live their life with a disability. I can tell that Samuel’s mother and father are struggling with Samuel’s disability.

    I will try to keep an eye out for people that are being excluded from games and other stuff. I will try to help them from being excluded. I don’t get why people exclude other people from games and activities. Well maybe I do a little. I think they exclude people because they probably want their friends and no one else. I know this from my personal experience.

    To help support the NORM campaign I would try to encourage people to make people stop excluding people from groups and activities. I hope that people STOP excluding.

      Mr. Purdon responded:
      December 22, 2011 at 11:10 am

      That is such a good way to help Thomas! Making sure people aren’t excluded can make a world of difference!

    markus said:
    December 22, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Samuel I know how it feel to have a disabilities my friend had the same disabilities as you.

    My little bro has hyper active and me and my mother try to help him all we can.

      Thomas said:
      December 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      Brother or friend? You said “bro”.

    Yolanda said:
    December 22, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Hi Samuel I feel bad about your disabilities how do you get to school when did your mom and dad find out it must be hard for you. But people like you just the way you are so that is why we now wear this badge called Hello I am NORM what that means is people are normal in different ways like you have a disabilities so that is who you are.

    Mr. Purdon responded:
    December 22, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Thank You so much for your thoughtful comments everyone.
    I really think that we all learned something together this past week about ourselves and what “NORMAL” really is.
    Make sure to wear your badge with pride and explain to everyone who asks what it really means and why you are wearing it!! 😉
    Remember…. I am Norm!

    Bryson said:
    December 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

    After I watched this movie I felt sad for Samuel because he will never be able to walk but, I also felt happy because Samuel is so happy even though he had a disability. I would feel bad if my friends excluded me because I wasn’t “normal” and they would not be a friend of mine any more. I will support the I Am Norm campaign by wearing my button when ever I go some where. I think Samuel is a cool kid.

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