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Talk to children about disability – and spare me more painful encounters | Devarshi Lodhia | The Guardian

After a few minutes, the boy – who can’t have been older than six or seven – walked over and started grabbing my left arm. Rather than intervening or saying anything, his mother simply sat there and smiled at me as her son treated my arm like a toy, inspecting it from various angles, prodding it, and moving it around.

I completely understand where Devarshi is coming from. Whilst pushing Lucie around children are constantly looking and appear genuinely confused. But instead of encouraging conversation about disability the children are more often than not lambasted for staring.

It is completely natural for children to be interested in anything outside of the normal but let’s be positive about it. I don’t want to be poked and prodded like the story above but I would much rather children come over and ask questions and meet Lucie than be told not to look as if it is something to be ignored or embarrassed of.