Better Together- Helping to Create A More Inclusive World
A Partnership of WTVP and Easterseals
The ‘Better Together’ campaign was launched at the Easterseals Century Ball on November 1st, where Easterseals shared their vision for a world in which every child is 100% Included, 100% Empowered.
It is with this vision, WTVP and Easterseals Central Illinois have started the ‘Better Together’ campaign. When children across Central Illinois tune into PBS kids they will have the chance to meet real kids, in their own community, who have a developmental delay, disability or other special needs. Easterseals Central Illinois Physical Therapist Assistant Becky Bradley says, “When kids see characters like Daniel Tiger having friends with braces and using crutches, it makes children who also use them be more approachable.”
PBS Kids has been leading the way in inclusive programming for years, introducing characters such as Chrissie on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, who uses braces to walk. Chrissie proudly talks about the many things she’s able to do on her own, as well as what she needs help with. Chrissie’s matter-of-fact responses give Daniel, as well as young viewers, a wonderful opportunity to learn about someone who is different from a preschool perspective. When you help your young child realize that differences are okay, you set the stage for them to appreciate diversity throughout their life. Partnering the power of PBS Kids, Easterseals and the online tool of PBS LearningMedia.org, parents and children can go further and explore ways to be inclusive every day.