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Teacher With Cerebral Palsy Shares Open Letter About Disability Awareness With Parents

“As you sit down to discuss topics like manners, school etiquette, and homework policies, please add disability awareness and being open to friendships with children who have disabilities.”

Learning starts at home. After that, it will depend on how parents prepare their children for all the possible scenarios they may encounter in their slightly expanded world.

This discussion, says Special Education teacher Jessica Grono, should include a very important but widely under-discussed topic: disability awareness.

Grono, also known for her online moniker “The Wheelchair Mommy,” speaks from experience as she herself is a person categorized as differently abled.

SPED teacher Jessica Grono has cerebral palsy.

In an open letter to all parents, Grono emphasized the importance of preparing their children for their possible encounter with people — both young and old— who have disabilities.

“As you sit down to discuss topics like manners, school etiquette, and homework policies, please add disability awareness and being open to friendships with children who have disabilities.”

“I am asking you to do this as a special education teacher and as someone who has cerebral palsy,” she wrote in The Mighty.

Explaining why she made this reminder, the mother-of-two said that children are often given enough knowledge about good manners as well as how to handle strangers and bullies. However, they seem to lack reminders about not being discriminatory in befriending someone who may look, act, or speak differently.

She also highlighted the fact that although kids are not considered innately bad for teasing others, they should be prepared for the potential peer pressure they may experience when they encounter children with disabilities.

She wrote:

“You might believe your child would never leave another child out or tease someone. I’m here to tell you that your child isn’t bad for doing these things; they are just not prepared to deal with peer pressure to make fun of someone who is different.”

Jessica explained that parents' reactions also affect how their children will react to such situations.

“Children learn by example, and they are always observing what their parents are doing,” she said, before sharing how she encountered some parents yelling at their children and “acting as if I’m going to run over” them with her wheelchair.

As a writer and cancer and disabilities advocate, Grono also shared etiquette to remember when teaching kids about disability awareness in her website called “The Wheelchair Mommy.”

It includes talking normally and directly to the person. She also reminded them to be sensitive in using terms about people with disabilities while maintaining a relaxed communication with him or her.

Kudos to you, Jessica, for all these wonderful reminders!

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6 Countries Where Workers Get The Longest Lunch Breaks In The World

These countries have lunch breaks the US can only dream of.

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Lunch is reputedly the most important meal of the day. It replenishes the energy spent in the morning and provides us with enough power to last the day. However, with the busyness of today’s world, many people take their lunch breaks for granted.

Lunch break in the United States seems to be a forgotten concept. However, some countries are serious about the importance of lunches and choose to take long breaks in middays. Allow us to give you a virtual tour of the countries with the most extended lunch breaks.

1. Spain - 3 hours

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Woman Rants After Her Boyfriend Spent £1,300 For Her Engagement Ring

She’s not happy with the ring’s price – and its size!

Diamonds, they say, are a girl’s best friend. Well we actually couldn’t say the same for this one woman who recently went viral after she complained against her fiancé. Apparently, she says he spent around £1,300 (US $1,650) on purchasing her engagement ring – and she’s disappointed!

The story immediately spread on social media and was later on picked up by various websites. As expected, the woman’s action has since gained mixed reactions from netizens everywhere.

She’s not happy with the ring’s price – and its size!


In a Mumsnet post that has since been deleted, the woman wrote: ...

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What To Do Before, During, and After a Flood

Do you know what it takes to survive a flood?

Flooding has become a serious (and more frequent) problem these past several years, not only in the United States but in many nations across the globe. According to the National Geographic, flooding in the US leads to $6 billion worth of damage and the loss of about 140 lives every given year.

Meanwhile, a 2007 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development even confirmed that “coastal flooding alone does some $3 trillion in damage worldwide.”

Climate change is real and now we’re paying the price.

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