There are simple ways we can all make a real difference by showing kids with additional needs and their families that everybody is welcome and important in our communities – everybodybelongs
- Smile at a parent, carer or child to make them feel welcome.
- Ask a parent or carer how they are going, can I help or what do you need?
- Invite another parent or carer for coffee or their child for a playdate if you see another parent who seems unsupported, or a child who needs a friend.
- Show understanding to kids and families, with small personal shifts in attitude, rules and flexibility in organisations and businesses.
- Learn about what support is available or where to get help to find support/ information – you might come across someone who needs it.
- Promote events and places (like playgrounds) that are accessible so parents know they can care for their kids in that environment – invite kids and parents/ carers to meet in places that work for them.
- Think and ask about how places kids and parents/ carers would like to go could be made more welcoming – what could you do or who could you talk to about improving it?
Learning about how our behaviour can affect others can be really important. Harsh words and judgement can have a big impact and make kids and families feel like they don’t belong. If you would like to learn more check out the helpful inclusion links on the resources page, or contact Heather at the Belonging Project, Social Futures.
What will you do? Post your personal commitment on this page
Post your personal commitment on the Everybody Belongs website
10 inclusion tips for business
Thank You for caring about inclusion! These great tips were written for the everybodybelongs website by the parent of a child with additional needs who has experienced the pain of feeling excluded by businesses sometimes.
- Be Free of Judgement – Treat people with an open mind with the understanding that a lot of challenges may have taken place for that person that you are unaware of.
- Equality – Treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself with or without a disability.
- Communication – If unsure do not be afraid to check it out with the customer first, and compliments are gold stars!
- Empathy – Put yourself in someone else’s shoes, how would you like to be served?
- Practice Patience – The quality of care you treat your customers with is the advertisement for your business, love makes a garden grow as well as a business.
- Flexibility – Consider access to your service for customers with mobility needs.
- Joy – make a place for children to feel welcome with some toys or activities and bring the light to your business.
- Smile – There is nothing more beautiful then feeling welcomed with a smile
- Honesty – be open and honest with a customer and respect their needs as well as your own.
- Have Fun – your service is there to support others
The Belonging Project is funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care. Please feel free to use ‘everybody belongs’ materials to promote inclusion in your community.
The Belonging Project acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where we live and work and their continuing connection to land, water, sea and community. We pay respects to Australia’s First Peoples, to their unique and diverse cultures, and to Elders past, present and future