If you've attended any of Changing Perspectives's culminating events at one of our growing list of partner schools, chances are you've heard from Kathleen Moore. She is a native Vermonter residing in Hartland who has been travelling around Vermont & New Hampshire sharing her story with Changing Perspectives. She also works in one of Changing Perspective's partner schools and has witnessed the transformative power of our empathy-building curriculum.
Below is a shortened version of her story:
"When I was in high school, my family and I began to notice that I had poor balance and coordination that were impacting my ability to do my favorite things, such as ski racing. After many doctors appointments over the course of a few years, I was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia, a degenerative, neuromuscular disease. Friedrich's Ataxia (FA) predominantly impacts my balance and fine motor skills. With the help of a walker or mobility scooter, I am able to be mobile, independent & live a normal life. I use a recumbent trike to keep my muscles strong so that I can go to work, spend time with friends, and get outdoors as much as possible!
The school that I work in has completed the Changing Perspectives curriculum since I have been there. In that time, I have noticed that the students have gotten so much better at offering to help me when I need it. They also understand that I am there to work in the same capacity as the other teachers.
The students and I have developed mutual respect for one another. I am proud of them and grateful to Changing Perspectives for making that happen. My favorite part of the Changing Perspectives curriculum is the reflection portion. I can tell that the students feel proud of what they are learned and they are excited to share that with their friends and family.
Children are the access points to change the world. When Changing Perspectives teaches a child to have empathy, ask questions, and even just smile at a person with a disability, that child becomes a role model and sets and example of how to be kind, respectful and supportive. "