In order to do anti-bias work, we must first look within ourselves and reflect on our experiences and attitudes toward diverse groups (Derman-Sparks & Edwards, 2010). As children many of the view we have of people and diverse cultures are the ones that have influenced us. As a child who lived in poverty experienced racism and classism it seems that in my past I have carried scars that will always stay with me. However, as an adult and early childhood educator, it is important for me to reflect and acknowledge them taking pains to accept what has happened to me and to vow to fight so that others do not have to live those experiences.
Experiencing “isms” like ablism can really impact an educator’s professional practice. I currently have one nephew who was born without a lower arm. As an educator, I am driven to read many books on ableism, physical differences, differences in general so make others aware. I also am passionate about ensuring that children are exposed to ablism so that they are able to accept and not point out with someone is different because of varied abilities. On a negative viewpoint, I can be very sensitive when children are singling out other children with varied abilities but I have learned to address it in a matter-of-fact approach and be for informative than reactionary. Hopefully, this will continue to evolve and change so as to help others learn about children with varied abilities.