All kids want to play. Kids with disabilities are no different. “Ian” is a short, animated film inspired by the real-life Ian, a boy with a disability determined to get to the playground despite his playmates bullying him. This film sets out to show that children with disabilities can and should be included.
“Ian” started as a mother’s mission to educate her son’s bullies on the playground—one to one. When she realized that the need for inclusion was bigger than one playground, she wrote a book and founded Fundación Ian to change thousands of minds and attitudes about people with disabilities. She approached MundoLoco, a top digital animation studio in Latin America, about creating “Ian,” an animated film to deliver the message of inclusion to audiences all over the world.
Ian wants the world to know that he and all the other kids like him can play, too, if others include them. “I can play and participate,” Ian said.
The film, to him, educates the children on the playground that he wants to play, and they can play with him. In animation, the film “Ian” shows that all children, disabled or not, are made of the same stuff. (exert from https://www.respectability.org)
The tribute to Ian at the end of the film says,
For sparkling with his smile
Strengthening us with his love
and conquering our hearts
What a gift Ian brought to others!
Growing deep – Our Foundation, states, “Lutheran schools and early childhood services are communities that recognise that God has intentionally created each person and that each person is uniquely gifted to live in relationship with God and others.”
What are we doing in our learning communities to make this statement a reality for all? Are we giving every individual opportunities for their gift to shine? Are we providing a climate for their relationship with God and with others to flourish?
Philippians 2:5 “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:”