Learning About Disbaility and Difference
JustDifferent is a dynamic charity founded in 2007 by Toby Hewson, a young man with cerebral Palsy. It aims to help create positive social attitudes towards disability and difference among children and young people through free, stimulating and educational workshops. Created and delivered by disabled people, these interactive workshops are designed to help pupils think more imaginatively about the world they live in, and the diversity of the people within it.
“Toby is the best speaker I’ve ever seen. I’ve never witnessed the boys so interested and touched by a speaker before. It was brilliant, I’m so glad I came along.” Teacher, Magdalen College School
Aiming to make a positive difference to the lives of disabled and non-disabled people through education, JUST DIFFERENT provides innovative, interactive and exciting Primary and Secondary workshops that challenge out-dated or misinformed perceptions.
Specifically trained to contribute to the social and emotional education of young people, our presenters are engaging, modern-day story tellers bringing a light-hearted attitude to disability and difference.
Why we do it – We see a world in which difference is always valued. The earlier children and young people begin to learn about disability and difference, the more likely they are to accept it as a normal part of the world in which they live. Just- Different workshops give pupils the opportunity to see how disabled people do the things that non-disabled people do, just that they do them differently. We invite pupils to question their perceptions of disability and difference. And we shine a positive light on disability and difference and empower pupils with the ability to change the way society views and treats people who are different.
“We may look or appear different on the outside, but we are all the same on the inside.”
Since 2007, we have delivered 1,549 workshops (satisfying the requirements of the PSHE and Citizenship parts of the National Curriculum) and reached 47,000 children, from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 4. We currently offer:
PRIMARY: KEY STAGE 1 & 2 (lasting 30-60 minutes; up to 3 workshops in one day) – Workshops include real-life storytelling, photo-story presentations, practical challenges, personal aids, quizzes and Q&A sessions.
SECONDARY: KEY STAGE 3 (lasting 1 and 1/2 hour) – Workshops include real-life story-telling and photo presentations, practical challenges with etiquette awareness and group discussions.
SECONDARY: KEY STAGE 4 (lasting 1 and 1/2 hours) – Our disabled presenter will share with the group his or her personal experiences, with particular reference to choosing a career and seeking employment.
“This has made me realise how easy it is to make assumptions about disabled people and stopped me from making them anymore.” Secondary pupil, Magdalen College School
- Workshops provide for Key Stage 1, 2, 3, 4
- Max 30 pupils per workshop
- KS1–4 workshops per day
- KS2–3 workshops per day
- KS3 and 4–2 workshops per day
- Engages even the most reluctant pupils
- Curriculum Linked
- To promote inclusion of all pupils
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