Girl Scouts has always welcomed girls with developmental disabilities, chronic health conditions and other needs. At Girl Scouts San Diego, we strive to provide resources to our volunteers working with girls with developmental, learning and physical disabilities.
An estimated one in five girls in the United States has some kind of disability. Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, was partially deaf—and when she started our organization, she was determined to make it work for all girls. Including everyone is the foundation on which we build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
Support girls with five easy questions
Parents are the undisputed experts on their own children, from favorite foods to situations that can lead to laughter or tears. For volunteers to support and include girls who may or may not live with a disability, comfortable and open communication between leaders and parents is crucial.
Ask parents ...
What does your child do that makes you smile?
What does your child do that makes her smile?
What makes her angry or upset?
What does it look like when she's angry or upset?
What should I do when it happens?
Leaders, consider asking the parents of each girl in your troop to write down the answers to the above questions and return them to you. You'll be amazed at what the answers reveal!
Whether you're just starting a troop, are in the process of accepting new members or are a seasoned veteran, the five questions above can make a world of difference in understanding and working with every girl, regardless of age, background or ability.
If you have questions about disabilities, inclusion, resources or training, please contact Troop Support & Inclusion Resource Specialist Heather Fryant, 619-610-0827.