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World book day - wheelchair

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winkygirl Sun 15-Jan-17 20:58:47

DD (10 years old) is loving The Midnight Gang by David Walliams and has asked to go to school as Amber for World Book Day. This would involve wearing pyjamas, making fake plaster casts for her arms and legs and hiring a child's wheelchair on which I would put a sign "property of Lord Funt Hospital".

Problem is I am feeling uncomfortable about her using a wheelchair as part of a fancy dress outfit. I am worried it is inappropriate/insensitive. Am I over-thinking this?

Wolfiefan Sun 15-Jan-17 21:01:25

You're going to hire a wheelchair? Really?
Is she expected to sit in it all day? Does the school know to expect her to suddenly turn up in a wheelchair?
I'd get her to choose something else.

formerbabe Sun 15-Jan-17 21:01:37

I don't think you should.

PeridotPassion Sun 15-Jan-17 21:02:28

No I think it's a really bad idea op.

UnderClaws Sun 15-Jan-17 21:02:32

As a teacher, sorry I'd say please don't! It'd bring chaos with racing, running over, taking up space etc especially as others would inevitably have goes and would one up each other

CatsRidingRollercoasters Sun 15-Jan-17 21:04:17

Another teacher here - this would be a very bad idea. Please choose something else.

winkygirl Sun 15-Jan-17 21:04:17

Fair enough. I'll point out it is impractical and point her in another direction.

Thanks v much for the quick responses.

elodie2000 Sun 15-Jan-17 22:18:08

Glad you're rethinking this OP. Really really bad idea to hire a wheelchair! It would be different if your DD was actually a wheelchair user herself but as it is, no, just no.

BriefExclamations Sun 15-Jan-17 22:22:37

😂 Are you teasing us OP? BTW I presume you know it's quite a while before world book day.

Rosae Sun 15-Jan-17 22:26:07

Make card board wheels which can be stuck on to the side of any chair. or carried at her side to pretend a wheelchair.

Rosae Sun 15-Jan-17 22:27:38

Wrap bandages round the bottoms of pjs and shoes and arms. Sorted.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Sun 15-Jan-17 22:28:21

This can't be serious surely? confused

A wheelchair is not for "dress up"!

bumsexatthebingo Sun 15-Jan-17 22:29:42

Er no. Not sure how anyone would think this was ok but looking at your posting history I don't think you're a troll.

AndNowItsSeven Sun 15-Jan-17 22:32:42

It's not just impractical it's offensive.
As for hiring a chair what if a parent then went to hire one for their disabled child, and they were all out on loan.

Mehfruittea Sun 15-Jan-17 22:36:23

As a wheelchair user I have mixed feelings. It's hugely impractical, awkward, difficult to manoeuvre, in the way and taking up space. What a great lesson for your DD and her school to learn?

Integration is about 'normalising' disability - no one should bat an eyelid but a wheelchair is still seen as something major to accommodate.

My DS asked me when he will get a wheelchair of his own, in the same way as he asks about when he's old enough for a mobile phone. He's 5 and seeing me use a wheelchair has normalised it for him.

So I think I would feel a little uncomfortable for your DD in hoping that she gets on OK, but would support her if that is genuinely her choice of favourite character. It shows the efforts to expose children to more diverse groups through books is working. I would be proud of her!

You could try approaching a local charity that supports young wheelchair users in your area for tips on how to do this sympathetically and without offence. They may even loan you a wheelchair. I would also give the school prior warning and ask them for support (not permission).

I hope it goes well! starts to think about world book day and what the hell to do

bumsexatthebingo Sun 15-Jan-17 22:37:41

If she's white I wouldn't recommend wearing blackface and going as a black character either in case you were wondering...

Mehfruittea Sun 15-Jan-17 22:45:42

World book day is 2 March - 6 weeks away. I know IABU but would hope school would give me 6 weeks notice if a costume is required. I'm disabled and slow and cannot pull home made costume out of my arse at a moments notice. I suppose I could send DS in with my wheelchair....grin

OutDamnedWind Sun 15-Jan-17 22:50:38

Could she not just do it without the wheelchair aspect?

elliejjtiny Sun 15-Jan-17 22:51:41

Mehfruittea my DS2 (8) is a wheelchair user and my DS3 (6) used to ask when he'd be old enough to have one smile.

SawdustInMyHair Sun 15-Jan-17 22:52:57

She wouldn't be dressing up as someone with a (permanent) disability, she'd be dressed as someone using a wheelchair because of broken legs. The comparison to blackface is ridiculous! It's more extravagant but no different to wearing a sling or fake bandages.

Having said that, it'd be wildly impractical - don't do it! (another teacher here - I'm already worrying about what to dress as!)

winkygirl Sun 15-Jan-17 22:54:21

No I am not a troll. I have been a member since 2006.

We are reading the book at the moment and DD was thinking well ahead when she asked about it for world book day.

As I said in my original post I felt uncomfortable about the idea but wanted a second opinion. And I felt I would get honest opinions on Mumsnet. Thank you all for those.

As I said earlier I will tell DD to think of another character and explain practicalities/sensitivities relating to this decision.

bumsexatthebingo Sun 15-Jan-17 22:55:10

Using a disability aid as a prop whether the character is permanently disabled or not is in really poor taste. Like a pp said - what if someone who genuinely needed a wheelchair was turned away because the op had hired it for her dd to dick about in!

DelphineCormier Sun 15-Jan-17 22:55:20

Absolutely not. Highly offensive as well as extremely impractical. Wheelchair users don't get to choose to use them because it's cool hmm

babychamcherryb Sun 15-Jan-17 22:58:49

Google 'cripping up'

PurpleDaisies Sun 15-Jan-17 23:00:23

The op said she's not doing it over two hours ago for anyone that missed it...

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