ERIC Number: ED377657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Different Is Not Bad, Different Is the World: A Book about Disabilities.
Smith, Sally L.
The purpose of this book is to help children in grades 2-6 realize that being "different" is okay; in fact, it makes people more interesting and makes the world a better place. The book is intended to help children with disabilities feel better about themselves, and to help children without disabilities see that people who have disabilities have different ways of accomplishing daily tasks but can do almost anything in their own way. The colorful illustrations enhance the text, which begins with explanations that people live in different kinds of houses, drive different kinds of vehicles, wear different clothes, and have different kinds of bodies, and they are all of value, though sometimes they don't fit or work when they are in the wrong place/space. Differences in people's bodies mean that they must do things differently, and may require special help, but the differences are not bad and each person is of value. The nuisance of not being able to read, concentrate, or speak clearly can make people feel depressed or angry, or they can make people feel more determined to succeed. Famous individuals from history who had disabilities are cited. (JDD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Consciousness Raising, Disabilities, Elementary Education, Humanization, Individual Differences, Self Concept, Self Determination, Social Attitudes
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Learner
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