The importance of organisations, like the Guides and the Scouts, lies, to a great extent, in their ability to engender a social conscience within their youthful members. Thinking about others who may be less fortunate than yourself, is a good thing for the development of a moral society. Morals don’t get spoken about as much these days, as they used to in the past. Our media channels are full of materialistic orientated content; the modern American dream of celebrity and enormous wealth is constantly flashed upon our numerous screens. Helping others links us together as a community, whereas buying a big house and fancy car is an individual pursuit.
Kids Raising Awareness and Money for Disability
When kids get together to raise awareness and money for those disadvantaged by circumstance or disability, it bonds them together in a quest to help others. It also helps children be more tolerant of their peers, who may have a disability. It is important for our society that people with disability and their families are not isolated because of their difference. We are all human beings, whatever the level of physical or intellectual functioning we may possess.
Sometimes it is the families and carers of those with a disability, who also are neglected by their communities. However, there is now some centre based respite for disabled kids becoming more widely available. Exposure to well-trained and experienced respite carers can expand the horizons of both individuals with a disability and their families. Caring for others within our communities is an enriching experience and it should be encouraged. Recognition of what carers do is slowly coming, in economic terms, but it is about more than just the money. We need to see these people and disabled people on TV and in other forms of the media.
Positive stories about disability will remove the fog of ignorance and fear, which has so long clouded humanity’s attitude toward the less than able. In the same way this has begun to happen in regard to ethnicity and combatting racism. The acceptance of diversity within our societies, is the only way that we are going to proper as a human race in its entirety. Guides raising awareness and money for disability, may seem a small step, but it is these small steps in the right direction that are important. If children learn to respect diversity, then the battle is more than half won already.