Disabled Kids TV Presenter
Cerrie Burnell on CBeebies
Today I felt shocked and angry when I heard on the news that some parents had complained about kids TV presenter Cerrie Burnell because of her disability.
I am aware of this TV presenter because I watch C Beebies .. OK when I say I watch - I must clarify - technically it's my daughter who watches!
The other day I was sat with her and after In The Night Garden had finished she was still amused by the channel so we watched some more - this is when I first noticed Cerrie Burnell had part of her arm missing from the elbow down.
My initial thoughts were not the fact she was on TV but wondered if she had always been missing her hand and then led me to think about simple tasks like doing the washing up, putting on a pair of jeans, changing a baby etc being quite hard work .. but then I figured she prolly has just adapted to this and to her its what she knows. Then I wondered if she has a fake hand (Prosthesis) and then I went off on another line of thought about how they got them to work and how it was all quite clever stuff.
After thinking about that for some time I then thought about how it was nice to see a woman on TV not trying to hide her disability and how kids who watched this would then discuss with their parents about disability and hopefully grow up not being phased by people who are different to them.
Then another TV show came on CBeebies called Ballamory and there was a woman in a wheel chair - I notice people in wheel chairs because I had a friend who had to use one and he wanted an all singing all dancing model - he was quite amusing talking about how he might ask 'Pimp my ride' to mod his 'wheels'.
Today when I heard the news and I was utterly disgusted at the fact anyone could be so shallow as to complain! The people complaining are missing a great opportunity to educate their children in the comfort of their own home.
I think it's a great thing and when my daughter asks me about this I will enjoy explaining to her about different types of people on this earth. I will tell her the funny stories about my good friend who passed away this year after living with cerebral palsy. I will also tell her about when he was having a bad day and how being different could sometimes be quite upsetting for him because of other peoples reactions to his disability.
Full article on the BBC news website