BUTLER College students will appear in a TV show that gives children with special needs airtime this Sunday.
Specialist program teacher Michelle Varley hosts the show to represent children with special needs and disabilities within society alongside their ‘neuro-typical’ or able-bodied peers.
Mrs Varley said the first ‘Coloured Spaghetti’ episode would air on April 16 on The Couch on Foxtel.
“The objective is to bring a true reflection of society into everyday homes via television and internet broadcast,” she said.
“It is to reinforce to the parents of the hundreds of thousands of children with special needs in Australia that their families are valued and included in Australia’s society.
“I want children to grow up knowing about autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability and all the other incredible individual characteristics that make our children who they are.
“I want more than anything for them to be tolerant of others with special needs – to learn how to engage, interact and communicate with them – and to be patient, unafraid and kind with their differences.
“The show will be targeted at an audience of all people who are interested in spending time with their children and will teach them how important it is and how easy and cost-free it can be.”
Mrs Varley said the show featured activities that appeal to children of all ages and abilities, encouraging viewers to be inclusive and accepting of diversity.