Changing Perspectives Featured in The Washington Post!

Bringing ‘Wonder’s’ lessons of empathy and inclusion to life for students

It isn’t often that my son jumps in the car after school full of excitement over a class assembly, but that’s what happened last spring, when Sam Drazin visited to talk about empathy and what it means to be different. Drazin was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, the same rare congenital disorder that the character Auggie Pullman has in R.J. Palacio’s best-selling book “Wonder.”

My son does not have a physical disability, but he immediately connected with Drazin’s story. Read more from The Washington Post:

November 29th, 2017|

Why ‘Wonder,’ the Movie, Can’t Best the Book It’s Based On

Like most people who love the best-selling book “Wonder,” I’ve been thrilled by the success of the movie version. It captures beautifully the book’s central premise, that we should choose to be kind and inclusive to people like Auggie Pullman, the protagonist, who was born with facial deformities that are at first shocking to look at. The young actor Jacob Tremblay, wearing mask-like makeup that rearranges his features, gracefully inhabits the role of Auggie not only by showing his pain and vulnerability, but also by convincing us of one of the secret weapons of R. J. Palacio’s book: Auggie is fun, clever and generous, and the kids who call him “the freak” actually have the most to gain by his friendship. So I feel gratified that the movie seems to be catching on — but also, I’ll admit, a bit wary. Read more from The New York Times. 

November 27th, 2017|

Transforming Schoolyards, Our Most Abundant Public Spaces

Green Schoolyards America founder Sharon Danks has a plan to turn asphalt schoolyards across America into green spaces that improve children’s wellbeing, learning, and play while also contributing to the ecological health and resilience of cities. Ashoka’s Michael Zakaras caught up with Danks to learn more. Read the inspiring & informative interview on Forbes.com.

November 16th, 2017|

7 Things to Do When Your Kid Points Out Someone’s Differences

“There is no reason to ask what is “wrong” with a child or demand an explanation of the child’s condition or the family dynamic. If a parent wishes to share information about his or her child or family, that is their choice. If the child wishes to share, depending on the age and level of maturity and development, that is the child’s choice.” Read more from The Mighty. 

November 7th, 2017|

Staff Videos

The Changing Perspective team recently recorded short videos about themselves & explained why they are committed to promoting disability awareness & fostering inclusive communities. Watch the videos below to learn a little more about the committed Changing Perspectives staff:

Sam’s Video

Annie’s Video

Molly’s Video

Holly’s Video

October 23rd, 2017|

Dyslexia: The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named

Megan Lordos, a middle school teacher, says she was not allowed to use the word “dyslexia.” She’s not alone. Parents and teachers across the country have raised concerns about some schools hesitating, or completely refusing, to say the word. As the most common learning disability in the U.S., dyslexia affects somewhere between 5 and 17 percent of the population. That means millions of school children around the country struggle with it. Read more from WBUR News.

Dyslexia and dyslexics are often kept in the shadows.

 

October 12th, 2017|

Changing Perspectives Participates in the #ChooseKind Video Challenge

The Changing Perspectives staff participated in the #choosekind video challenge. Each staff member made a short video explaining how they choose to be kind. This challenge was sponsored by the movie Wonder & brought kindness to social media. Enjoy the team videos! 

Sam:

Annie:

Molly:

Holly: 

October 5th, 2017|

The Beautiful Side Of Disability

“Born with cerebral palsy, Xian has embraced her physical differences and used them to educate and improve the lives of countless individuals. Through her efforts as a consultant and educator, Xian has shown that even a modest effort and some thoughtfulness does have a significant positive impact on a large segment of our society, and that organizations that educate themselves about disabilities stand to reap huge practical and economic benefits.” Read more from Forbes.

October 5th, 2017|

Researchers studied kindergarteners’ behavior & followed up 19 years later

” A new study shows that when children learn to interact effectively with their peers and control their emotions, it can have an enormous impact on how their adult lives take shape. And according to the study, kids should be spending more time on these skills in school.” Read more from Upworthy.

October 5th, 2017|

Changing perspectives at Shelburne Community School

“Perspectives are changing at Shelburne Community School and other schools throughout the state. At least, that is the intention of a disability awareness program–Changing Perspectives. On Feb. 21, an event will be held at SCS through a partnership with the not-for-profit group.” Read the full article from Shelburne News.

October 5th, 2017|