I don’t usually share those chain Facebook posts that you seen online all the time. However when I saw the following one yesterday, it was very close to my heart and so I did what it asked and copied and pasted this text in to my Facebook status:
“I would just like to put this out there! If your children are not around special needs children at school and have never been taught that not everyone is the same then maybe you could take 10 min tonight to explain this to them because even though they may not be around these children at school they will encounter them in their lives, as it should be.
In the light of recent events on the exclusion of a child who has autism from participating in a school trip and a child with Downs Syndrome being kicked out of dance class because she couldn’t keep up, I feel the need to share this. There are boys and girls that nobody invites to birthday parties. There are special kids who want to belong to a team but don’t get selected because it is more important to win than include these children. Children with special needs are not rare or strange, they only want what everyone else wants: to be accepted !! For all the wonderful children out there.
Can I ask a question? Is there anyone willing to copy and paste this post to their wall without sharing it, like I did for those special children out there.”
My granddaughter Isabelle has a condition called Blepharophimosis, ptosis, and epicanthus inversus syndrome (BPES) which affects development of the eyelids. People with this condition have a narrowing of the eye opening, droopy eyelids and an upward fold of the skin of the lower eyelid near the inner corner of the eye. In addition, there is an increased distance between the inner corners of the eyes. Because of these eyelid abnormalities, the eyelids cannot open fully, and vision may be limited.
Because of this, people do look at her strangely in the street when they see her or think she is tired because her eyes aren’t wide open. So this Facebook post very much hit home with me, I agreed with everything it said so I copied and pasted it into the status bar.
What shocked me was a comment that followed saying that what I had posted was part of a scam and that by copying and pasting the text, I was helping to spread this scam letter!
I could understand if there was an ulterior motive at the end of the post, encouraging people to buy a product or click on a link that might contain something negative or something connected to a scam but no part of this Facebook status references companies, links or any kind of information that would encourage people to do anything other than raise awareness of the acceptance of people’s differences.
What a sad world we are living in when you can’t even spread word about acceptance amongst all people without some people reacting negatively about it.