“This is me” is a series of books which create awareness on Inclusion of learners with special learning needs and disabilities. It features Gloria a learner with Down syndrome, Samuel, a learner with autism and Peter a learner with cerebral palsy. Gloria, Samuel and Peter are all Kenyan children who attend regular schools where they learn with their peers at their own pace. The books touch on different modifications or adaptations that have been made to ensure that Gloria, Samuel and Peter are learning and happy in school. They live with their families who all have a special way of relating to them. The stories highlight the importance of a therapist. The aspect of acceptance and the impact it has on learners with special learning needs and disabilities is clearly demonstrated in these stories where Gloria, Samuel and Peter can dream about their future with confidence.
The target group for the three books is learners from 5years old with the teacher reading for them, to grade 3 level when learners read independently.
The learning objective is to promote acceptance and social inclusion of learners with special learning needs and disabilities. The stories are written to support inclusive education. The drawings are based on real Kenyan children, illustrating their physical appearance and behavior. This is an advantage as the children will be able to recognize the different disabilities mentioned in the three books. Learners in mainstream classes will learn that though the learner has a disability they are very capable of learning and also have ambitions just like them. They will also appreciate their strengths and weaknesses and where they can support if need arises. The fact that the illustrations are Kenyan children is very relevant for teaching purposes.
The three books have been approved by KICD, the Kenyan Institute for Curriculum Develoment.
The books can be purchased from the SEP office for Ksh. 1,000 for the set or Ksh.350 per book. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. The proceeds go towards supporting children with special needs from low income families in our projects in Kenya.
The books have a teaching guidelines brochure for Ksh. 200/=.