Disclosing a disability
Disclosing a disability to peers
In some cases, a child and their family may wish to disclose their disability to peers. Developing positive peer perceptions of disability is important for social inclusion of a child with disability. There are a number of ways in which this can be done, including inviting an expert to talk with the class or providing opportunities for the child and their family to share.
When shaping peer perceptions, help peers understand the importance of friendship, to recognize ways in which all children are similar (such as all children having strengths and challenges), and help them identify the ways in which they can be inclusive of their peer. You can learn more about supporting disclosure of a disability in AllPlay Learn’s Primary professional learning course (Peer mediation lesson).