Kids on the Block
Getting Along and Accepting Each Other's Differences.
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About Kids on the Block
The Independent Living Resource Center’s (ILRC) Kids On the Block puppet troupe endeavors to educate children and the general public about disabilities, disability issues and social concerns.
The Kids On the Block are nearly life sized puppets who dress and act like real children. Each character has definite likes and dislikes, hopes and fears, talents and limitations-some have disabilities, others do not. The goal of the Kids On the Block program is appreciation of everyone’s individuality.
Typically, each show features three disabilities, and is geared specifically to each school’s needs. Show topics include: cerebral palsy, emotional disturbance, visual impairment, ADHD, learning disabilities, bullying, Down’s Syndrome, depression, Spina Bifida, and problem solving. An interactive dialogue between children and puppets follows each script which includes a question and answer period and/or creative problem solving from the children. Some of the volunteer puppeteers share the same disabilities as their puppets and can answer questions directly related to their own personal experiences.