Sometimes kids do the darndest things — like prove that funny faces should be funny, regardless of who’s making them.
Parents and their children were invited to play an educational game in a PSA uploaded to YouTube in December by French advocacy group Noémi Association. Sitting side-by-side with a barricade blocking their view of one another, the adults and children were shown images of people contorting their faces into humorous positions. The parents and their kids were told to mimic each face.
The last person shown making a funny face to be mimicked was someone with a disability. Every child continued playing the game lightheartedly, while every parent stopped, expressing looks of concern, sadness and reservation.
“Let’s see the difference with the eyes of a child,” the PSA concludes, encouraging viewers to perceive persons with disabilities as they would anyone else, as the children did.
As the Dana Foundation points out, U.S. society is in need of much improvement in terms of the acceptance and accommodation of those with intellectual disabilities. Stigma surrounding such disabilities runs “deeper than any label or medical term; it is rooted in a long history of societal perceptions and misconceptions that have categorized people as mentally deﬁcient and, therefore, somehow less than fully human.”
According to its YouTube page, the Noémi Association aims for the public to look at persons with disabilities in a positive light while respecting their dignity and bringing them happiness.