Being aware of the needs of the differently abled is not something, which comes naturally to everyone. From childhood to adulthood, the concept of disability is hardly discussed and almost everyone either remains unresponsive or prefers to remain ignorant to its virtues, throughout their lives. A pioneering French organization Tralalere is working to change this cycle of ignorance. The organization has joined hands with the Ministry of Education in France to introduce interactive and innovative techniques of learning and teaching in the country. As part of its continuous effort to change the educational landscape, Tralalere has brought in quite a few creative offerings to the fore. It is known for creating exciting cross-media educational programs, which include games, cartoons, eBooks, mobile apps and museographic installations.
One such offering is targeted at providing an effective platform to combat the widespread ignorance associated with the differently abled. Tralalere has created a new age cartoon called 'Vinz et Lou et le handicap'. It is a cartoon aimed at children aged between seven and twelve years and is primarily meant to be viewed online. 'Vinz et Lou et le handicap' delivers its message by taking viewers through the adventures of a few kids, through their everyday life stories. The stories introduce young viewers to the lifestyle of various individuals, with one or more forms of disability. Characters of the cartoon film include a visually impaired kid, who is supported by other kids in his activities, and a swimmer, who is ready for a racing challenge even with a prosthetic limb etc.
Interestingly, the stories are weaved and presented in such a manner that it carries neither a moral message nor a scientific reasoning for the viewers. Tralalere has rested full faith on its young viewers to form a positive impression about disability on their own. This is an excellent decision by the organization as excessive preaching would eventually lead to loss of interest in the show, thereby defeating the entire premise of the show. This way the show remains true to its toon origin and the makers are able to focus on creating natural stories with differently abled characters seamlessly weaved into the plot. The company correctly realized that there is no better way to move forward other than nipping ignorance at its bud. Thus, Tralalere decided to engage children at a young age when they are far more receptive and flexible to experience the fluctuation in human abilities. With the show already gaining ground with the French, the initiative needs a leg up from parents who would need to introduce the toon to the young ones at home, at the appropriate age. The ability of being flexible to newer information and being receptive to the idea of disability would eventually create a far more disability-responsive society. Now, for making a bigger and wider impact, the rest of the world should follow suit and emulate Tralalere’s initiative into a larger platform.