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Being Different

Honouring Difference

Honouring difference means knowing that everybody deserves to be treated with respect. It also means accepting people for who they are, rather than how they look, what they believe, how they speak or what they wear.

It is important to remember that while honouring difference is important, it doesn't mean that you have to accept bad behaviour. When you honour difference you treat other people the way you like to be treated and you expect the same from them.

When difference feels uncomfortable

Some differences can feel like fun, but some might make you feel a bit uncomfortable because you are not used to them. For example, sometimes kids feel uncomfortable with someone who is disabled because they haven't met someone who is disabled before. Usually, once they have had the chance to get to know them a bit better that uncomfortable feeling goes away.

Can you think of a difference that might make you feel uncomfortable? How could you go about finding out more about that difference, so that you feel more comfortable? Perhaps you could read a book or ask a teacher?

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