Addressing Discrimination Based on Ability, Age, and Gender
In a just and caring society, there is a striving to provide the weakest and most vulnerable members with protection and the tools they need to survive and function.
Most people will agree that treating people who are sick or injured as having fewer rights and privileges than a healthy person is cruel and unfair. After all, every one of us can fall ill or have an accident.
But what if that illness is permanent or the person born with it? What person can stop ageing or deny their own gender?
Discrimination against someone because of a disability or the mental condition or intellectual ability they were born is unjust. These people need compassion, they need respect, they need to be empowered and most of all they need equity.
Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Equity is not equality. Equality means that each individual is given the same things. It assumes that everyone starts out in the same place and has the same needs.
The following books and activities look at these very serious issues in ways that are understandable to even our youngest children.
Words of Love and Peace One of the Little People Speaks
Books about Giving Reviews of Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tommie de Paola and Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
Books for Little Princesses Reviews of books that challenge stereotypical behaviors and empower girls.