A few weeks ago someone from The Guardian got in touch asking if I’d be up for making a video for them. They’d seen my interview on Russell Howard and thought I might have an interesting perspective to share.
While I was wondering what to talk about I had a conversation with a boy at the playground where I work that got me thinking. He was about six, and new, so we hadn’t met before. He was curious about my tics, so he asked about them. He found some of them funny, so he laughed. Our conversation was open, joyous, and thoughtful.
I’ve had loads of amazing conversations with children, but very few of my interactions with adults have quite the same qualities. It made me think about why this changes. When do we stop enjoying difference and start finding it scary, unnerving or embarrassing?
Children have a lot to teach us about how to approach disability, so here’s my video explaining more about why this is so important.
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