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There is a special person living
in our world today.

He's/She's not a famous superhero or
a prince/princess that lives faraway.

He/She lives here, right among all of us,
and although He/She isn't famous,
he's/she's someone we need to discuss.
One beautiful, sunny day,
without a cloud in the sky,

Child's Name and his/her Mommy/Daddy
were out the door waving
goodbye.

They were headed to the park to run,
jump, and play.

They couldn't wait to enjoy this
picture-perfect day.
He/She saw a boy with crutches
playing in the grass.

He/She ran to his/her mommy/daddy with
some questions to ask.

"Hey mommy/daddy, what happened to
that kid over there?

He has crutches on his arms
and a big wheelchair.

Did he fall, get hurt, or break a bone?

How come he's over there
playing all alone?"
Child's Name was a little nervous
and acting pretty shy.

With his/her head bent down
he/she just said, "hi".

The boy said "hi" back and asked
Child's Name to sit and play.

He/She turned to his/her mommy/daddy
and asked if it was okay.
"Oh, they're what I use
to walk and get around.

Sometimes I need help
getting up and getting down.

It's really no big deal,
and my wheelchair is super cool.

I can go faster than everyone else
in my whole entire school."
Soon more kids ran over
to join in the fun.

Singing, laughing, and playing
under the big, bright sun.

They all shared, took turns,
and tried new things.

Swings, slides, the monkey bars,
and the rings.
Soon the yelled it
was time to head home for a snack.

They said "Don't worry,
we will definitely come back."

Child's Name couldn't get
the smile off of his/her face.

He/She said, "I had so much fun.
I love this place."

Once back at home Child's Name
was still excited about his/her day.

He/She couldn't wait to see his/her new
friend again and ask to play.
The "Talking Points" below can be used to open a line of communication with children to discuss disabilities. Use these talking points to start a conversation about acceptance, kindness, and respect.
  • No two people are the same. Some differences you can really see and others are not very noticeable.
  • A disability is only one characteristic of a person. Everyone has likes and dislikes, strengths and challenges.
  • Children can either be born with a special ability or develop one later on in life. Others have a disability due to an accident or illness. You can't "catch" a disability from someone else, and you should never be scared of someone with special abilities.
  • Some people have a physical disability like a body part or parts of the body that may not work well. There's no reason to be afraid or stare.
  • A physical disability does not necessarily mean there is a mental disability. You may find after you introduce yourself that this child is very nice and has similar interests as you!
  • Children with special abilities can do many of the things every other child does, but it might take them a little longer. They may need assistance or special equipment to help them.
by Heather NcCarthy & Kate Ryan
Illustrated by Janette Louden
Child's Name
Makes a New Friend!

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You see, there is something that makes
him/her special and amazing in every way.

What makes Child's Full Name
special is the way He/She treats everyone
everyday.
Mommy/Daddy sat on the bench as
Child's Name began his/her fun.

First the swings, then the slides, but
He/She certainly wasn't done.

Up the tower He/She went
to the very, very top.

It was there that something caught his/her
eye and made him/her stop.
Mommy/Daddy said "Those are all
good questions, let's go over and see.

I'm sure he would talk to
both you and me.

Let's give him a wave,
a big smile, and a ‘hello'.

I bet he will tell us
what you want to know."
"Of course, have fun,
but before I go,
let's ask your new friend
what you wanted to know.

Child's Name was wondering
about your crutches and chair.

He/She noticed you with
them from way up there."
Mommy/Daddy left the two friends
to play and to talk.

He/She saw them laughing, smiling,
and then get up to walk.

Off to the swings where Child's Name
pushed his/her new friend high.

There was more laughing, giggling,
and a couple of high fives.
Some kids wanted to run
and others wanted to sit.

One kid never stopped moving,
while another rested a bit.

Some kids had glasses,
one boy wore a hat.

Some kids played with a basketball,
others with a ball and bat.

One girl walked her dog by
a boy with spiky hair.

There was a cautious kid
and the daredevil with no fear.

Child's Name and his/her new friend
decided to join in on all the fun.

They went from one activity to the next
and played with everyone.
What Child's Name did wasn't easy,
but it's something we can learn from.

Taking the first step may seem hard,
but a friendship can come.

Child's Name isn't a prince/princess,
a superhero, and he/she
is not famous,

but one thing he/she does is teach us
how to be courageous.
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by Heather NcCarthy & Kate Ryan
Illustrated by Janette Louden
Child's Name
Makes a New Friend!

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