Often a lack of understanding someone else’s experiences can breed prejudice and discrimination. This can come in the form of social injustices around race, ethnicity, or national origin; mental or physical ability; sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity/expression. WILL Education launched this Social Justice Learning space with the goal of sharing educational resources and materials that could help guide children, families, and educators when exploring these critical conversations.
Divided into sections for early childhood, adolescents, and adults, each learning level features videos, audio, and text to facilitate a variety of learning styles. As with any social justice conversation, we believe it’s critical to begin with our littlest ones and continue that work throughout adulthood so we can keep the conversations, the learning, and the societal shift going to ensure lifelong impact. However, we understand these conversations can be difficult, and often we don’t know where to begin. We highly encourage you to regularly visit this page to begin or continue your growth in these social justice areas.
Below you will find three learning levels—early childhood, adolescent, and adult—each featuring videos, audio, and text to facilitate a variety of learning styles.
Today's Lesson: Ability Status
One identity that is often left out of the social justice conversation—and sometimes within the social justice movements themselves—are those with varying degrees of mental, emotional, and physical abilities. This is known as ableism. Ableism is the discrimination of and social prejudice against people with perceived mental, emotional, and physical disabilities based on the belief that typical abilities are superior. This belief can lead to the assumption or feeling that certain people need “fixing.” Throughout the spring, our learning space will be focusing on the experiences of those with various abilities, and how we can all gain a better understanding of their need for more inclusion.