Ontario government publishes children's book series encouraging inclusion of people with disabilities
Books are meant to teach benefits of understanding diverse, varied experiences
Ontario's provincial government has published a series of children's books aimed at encouraging inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities.
The initiative is related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
The book series was written by Carolyn MacDiarmid, an author and former preschool teacher with low vision.
Representation important for inclusion, government says
The government says representation plays an important part in promoting inclusion and providing support and inspiration for people with disabilities.
In a release, accessibility minister Tracy MacCharles says the stories "challenge stereotypes, showcase positive attitudes and celebrate individuality."
By reading about the complex lives of people with disabilities, MacDiarmid says "children will learn to see magic, potential, and possibility in others, rather than limitations."
According to Statistics Canada, nearly 14 per cent of Canadians live with a disability.