Just Like You! Part One

On Monday 12th August, years five and six participated in part one of the disability awareness program called ‘Just Like You!’. The aim of the program is to show school students that people with a disability are the same as everyone else – they are ‘just like you’. Year five were very lucky to meet Natalie and Erica from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and participated in activities that helped them to understand what it would be like to have cerebral palsy. Take a look at the important information below that Natalie and Erica shared with year five.

  • Cerebral palsy is also known as CP.
  • ‘Cerebral’ refers to the brain and ‘palsy’ means weakness or lack of muscle control.
  • Cerebral palsy is a permanent condition, however a child with CP can achieve greater control over movement as they learn and practise motor skills.
  • In Australia, a child is born with CP every 15 hours (approx).
  • There are different types of CP.
  • CP is not a disease, it is a condition. It is not contagious – you can’t ‘catch it’.
  • A person with CP may find it difficult to talk, walk and/or use their muscles.
  • Many people with CP can and do live independent lives in the community and are able to participate in the same activities as others.
  • It takes a lot of concentration for a person with CP to complete tasks such as walking.
  • People with CP often become tired very quickly because they need to concentrate really hard.
  • We should be careful about the words we use to describe a person with a disability.
  • There are many inspirational people who have a disability, such as Kurt Fearnley.
  • A disability is not the same as being sick. We should not describe a person with a disability as someone who is ‘sick’.
  • People with disabilities are just like us, they have likes and dislikes and should not be defined by their disability – their disability is a part of them just like having blue eyes is a part of you.

Click here and here to learn more about the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and CP.

We can’t wait until part two of the disability awareness program!

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Take a look at the YouTube clip below. Nick Vujicic has a disability and he is incredibly inspirational.

What did you learn from the program and why is it important?

Why makes Nick Vujicic and/or Kurt Fearnley inspirational?

Teach your parents and other family members about CP and other disabilities. 


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33 responses to “Just Like You! Part One

  1. Dear 5W and Miss Azzopardi,
    I thought learning about the program Just Like You, taught me that everyone is the same, in fact they are just like you! My ambition is too be a doctor or a nurse to help those who need help in even the simplest things. These are the answers to my questions:
    What did you learn from the program and why is it important?
    What I learnt from the program is that we don’t need to tease people with disabilities, just because they look different to us. The reason why this program is important is because people with disabilities are still like us even though they have problems in their body.

    What makes Nick Vujicic and/or Kurt Fearnley inspirational?
    They both are inspirational because of their never giving up spirit. Even though they have disabilities they still continue to do amazing things that nobody thought they would do.

    My mother and father are both extremely friendly nurses that work to help people who have terrible diseases. One of the diseases that my parents came across on one of their patients were leukemia. Leukemia is caused when the bone marrow is creating abnormal white cells. White cells are the cells in your body that spread the oxygen all over your body. When this happen you will be in severe pain, that could possibly take your life.

    We can make a difference today,

  2. James

    Dear Five white and Miss Azzopardi,

    I think this is a good idea to teach kids about disabilities.

    From James

  3. Kong

    Dear 5 White and Miss Azzopardi,

    I learnt that we shouldn’t say names that might hurt people that has disabilities such as blind or amputated. Kurt Fearnley is inspirational because even though he has a disability, he never gave up on his life he kept on living his life to the fullest.

    Kind Regards,

  4. Hi Everyone. Natalie here from the Just Like You Program. I absolutely love your blog. Thank you all so much for posting about the program. It makes me so happy to know that you have learnt so much from it. I hope you are all excited for part 2, I know I am. 🙂

    I will see you all next week.
    Take Care.


    • Andrea and Jennifer. E

      Dear Nat,

      Hi this is Andrea and Jennifer.e from 5W. Part 1 & 2 was so good! We learnt so much! I hope we can see you again.

      Andrea & Jennifer.e

    • Alicia

      Hi Nat,

      Thank you so much for coming to our class! I have learnt a lot about CP and how it feels like to have one. I really enjoyed learning from you and Erica. Hope to see you in the future.


      • Hi Alicia 🙂

        You are very welcome. It was great to come back to your school. I’m glad you have learnt a lot about CP and hopefully you enjoyed the whole program.

        Please stay in touch.

    • Jennifer.A

      Dear Nat,

      We’re all glad that you are happy and we love to post about the Cerebral Palsy program and i have learnt so much from it. I really like your blog to and you should come to our class again.

      Yours truly,

  5. Dear FIve White,

    I really love this post. Unfortunately I wasn’t there that day but I know that we never should tease or make fun of them and always remember that they are exactly like us. This video was so inspirational Nick was an inspiration to me, he said keep trying until you get it right and that is so true , when times were tough he had positive energy in him, it would be good to do a research report on him. He lived his life like us and it really good to see that he doesn’t care what disability has and always try’s gives fullest and I hope everyone learns never give up even how much it hurts, keep trying.

    Yours truly,

  6. Moufid

    Dear Five and Miss Azzopardi

    I have learnt to be more positive when describing people with disabilities as well as other people. I also learnt a lot about CP and that people are just the same as people who don’t have a disability.


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  8. Amy

    Dear five white,

    It was really interesting I learnt a lot about cp (cerebral palsy). I am really looking forward to part 2!

    Yours Truly,

  9. Anthony

    Dear Five White and Miss Azzopardi,

    I think the cerebral palsy program is a good way to explain everyone’s differences. There are a lot of different kinds of effects that can happen to you. 1 in every 400 people have cerebral palsy. I hope you have learnt a lot about cerebral palsy.


  10. Simone

    Dear: Natalie and Erica,

    I really enjoyed part one of the Just Like You program. I have learnt a lot about it. I am really looking forward about seeing you in the future. Thank you for coming to our classroom and talking about the people who has disability.

    Kind regards,

  11. Jamie

    Hi Natalie,

    Thank you so much for coming to our class it was really fun and interesting.I really enjoyed learning about you and seeing that we are all equal.
    Hope to see you in the future and can’t wait to complete part 2!!!!!!!!!

    Kind Regards,

  12. Dear Five White & Miss Azzopardi,

    What I learnt from Cerebal Palsy is that you never give up, even if you do make mistakes, You should try again. It is important because some people don’t understand how to treat people that have disabilitys. Treat others the way you want to be treated!

    Nick and Kurt is inspirational to me because they never give up and they try to courage themselves to forget about their disability and live life!

    Kind Regards,

  13. Andrea & Jennifer.A

    Dear 5W and Miss Azzopardi,

    We learnt:
    -To treat all people the same.
    -Don’t use negative words and don’t describe people by their disability.E.G:One Foot Fred
    -How to talk to people with wheelchairs, impaired hearing and blindness.
    Also, we really enjoyed learning about cerebral palsy.
    Did you enjoy learning about CP?

    Andrea & Jennifer.A

  14. David

    Dear Five White and Ms Azzopardi,

    Having born with a disability can be really hard, during the Just Like You program I learnt many disabilities like amputation and brittle bone disease.


  15. Josephine

    Dear 5W Miss Azzopardi,

    I learnt a lot of things when Natalie and Erica came to our class it was much fun we learnt that calling people disabled is just rude we have to just treat everyone the exact same thing and how you talk to people on wheel chairs and to know the difference on sensory disability and physical disability etc
    What did you learn about CP?


    • Dear Josephine,

      It is really rude to call a person with a disability not normal because they are human and the deserve to be treated the exact same we are treated. I am glad we learnt how to speak positively to any person with a disability because if we didn’t we might talk to a person trying not to be mean but it is actually hurting their feelings.

      Kind regards,

  16. Dear 5W and Miss Azzopardi,
    This program helps children realise how important people with disabilities are. Even though they are affected by a disability, they still have a special thing called love.

    Marisol- Natalie’s Mum

  17. Marieanne -Graces Mum

    Dear Miss Azzopardi and 5W,

    Grace Has told me a lot about this program and she has brought part 1 and part 2 and it looked like she has learned a lot about disabilities. Grace has also showed me the Brail alphabet and I helped her complete it.

    Great Work,
    Maryanne – Graces Mum

  18. Brenda

    Dear five white and Miss Azzopardi,

    I learnt about this program was if you see a person with a disability in a wheelchair don’t kneel down next to them cause it can make them feel sad. Everyone with CP can have an effect on there bodies differently.Nick Vujicic is insprational because even though he has no arms or legs he always says to keep trying until you succeed.


  19. Tony

    Dear Five Whtie and Miss Azzopardi,

    I have learned loads of information about C.P ( Cerebral Palsy ). I really hope scientist can find a cure for C.P because right now there isn’t a cure.

    Kind Regards,

  20. Dear Azzopardi and 5W,

    I really enjoyed just like you and I learnt a lot about disabilities and CP. This activity has taught me a lot of interesting information about disabilities and how to speak positively to a person with a disability. This program is very important because it teaches you about all different disabilities and that how you should treat a person with a disability and how they would feel if we do anything to them even if we aren’t trying to be mean it may be mean to them.


  21. phillip

    Dear Five White and Miss Azzopardi,

    i liked the just like you program. It was fun and really educational. I learnt a lot of new stuff that I never knew before.


  22. Kevin

    Dear Five white and Miss Azzopardi,

    I have been really excited about the Just Like You program. I’ve learnt heaps about disabilities and how rude people can be when they call people who have cp or diseases bad language. i enjoyed the activity and i have been wondering for days if one day some scientist or other people can have a cure.


  23. Tony

    Dear Five White and Miss Azzopardi,

    Just Like You Program has been a wonderful experience for me and I have learned lots and lots about people that have a disability. People that have disabilities are no any different to us because they are humans and
    they want to be treated like everyone else is being treated. Sometimes people that want to be friends with disabled people are just doing it to be nice but they really don’t know that the disabled person want to be treated the same way they treat their other friends. I think people should really consider this and ” Make a difference ” to ” Inspire ” others to be a good rolemodel.


  24. Tony

    Dear Five White and Miss Azzopardi,

    Thank you so very much Erica and Natalie for teaching us so much.

    Kind Regards,

  25. Hi Guys. I just commented on your post for part 2. But just realised that some of you left comments here, I just want to say once again a huge thank you. It was a pleasure meeting you all and I hope to see you some time soon. I just want to also say thanks to those of you who have taken time to have a look at my blog and comment on it, I really appreciate it.

    Please Keep in Touch. 🙂

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