"In our Shoes" (Climbing Up) is a project-in-progress that is being designed in order to facilitate understanding about the experience of living with a disability.
We are currently establishing a mobile visitor center that will help to raise awareness among the general public regarding the many challenges faced by children with special needs and their families.
The center will use state-of-the art multimedia technology in order to give people the experience of "walking in the shoes" of a person living with a disability. We intend to expose the joys, dilemmas and conflicts that arise with regard to special children. We aim to convey the message that it is possible and necessary to turn every problem into a challenge that facilitates growth and learning. Raising a child with special needs can be a challenge, but it can also be an amazing experience, filled with positive energy, love and learning. This is especially apparent when one learns to look beyond the outer shell of disability and to discover the wonderful person inside.
Some goals of the "In our Shoes" experience are:
- To assist the able-bodied person to gain more understanding about the experience of living with a disability.
- To break down boundaries and encourage dialogue between abled and disabled people.
- To discuss ideas such as tolerance, patience, sensitivity, compassion and perspective taking.
- To educate people about the benefits of volunteering and giving to others.
- To encourage introspection and reassessment of one's perspective on life and what is really important to them.