It may not come as a surprise to you that children with disabilities are subject to unnecessary challenges in the school ranging from inaccessible classrooms to unwanted stares from classmates.
Over 80% of adults with disabilities report being bullied as students, which can have both short and long-term consequences. It doesn’t stop there - graduation rates are only 32% for students with disabilities compared to national average of 78%.
That’s why the Cerebral Palsy Foundation (CPF) intervened at the heart of the problem – in school, where children learn to be the leaders and valuable members of society they will eventually become.
Working with the NYC Department of Education, CPF launched the “Just Say Hi-” inclusion curriculum to over 100,000 students in NYC. This rich program teaches children to breakdown stereotypes, start conversations, and more importantly - create meaningful relationships with children that are different from them.The Cerebral Palsy Foundation in year two of their “Just Say Hi” campaign designed to increase engagement with people with disabilities and address the unnecessary hesitation some people feel around disabilities.
The main belief is that all students benefit from diverse and inclusive classrooms and inclusion starts by saying hi, but it doesn’t just end there.
Fill out the form below if you’re interested in implementing Just Say Hi at school near you or if you just want to learn more.