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?