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Nava R. Silton, Ph.D

Marymount Manhattan College
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Come Meet Our Friends!


This is my best friend Uno.

He is sweet, loves books, and is THE smartest person I’ve ever met. When he’s thinking, you can practically imagine blueprints and maps appearing above his head, which comes in handy when we’re out on adventures together. He is the detail-oriented, concrete thinker to my outside-of the box, zany and out-there thinking.

My parents say he’s like a mini Sherlock Holmes, who was some guy from England or something. I don’t really know. English people sound so smart with their accents so it must be a good thing!


My name is Addy and I’m going to be showing you around the world that my buddy Uno and I live in. It’s a world full of adventures and heroes and mountains and schools and rocketships and there’s this weird guinea pig guy that is just THE funniest thing and…I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I? I do that a lot! My parents are always telling me to take a deep breath and to stop going off on so many tangents. They say it’s on account of my ADHD, which is short for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I can be a bit spontaneous, a bit rash and impulsive, a bit…


I bet you are wondering why I am doing all the talking...Well, Uno doesn’t really like to talk. In fact, he barely talks at all. He struggles with eye contact with most people and is a bit introverted and awkward. It’s something a lot of people with Autism deal with. It doesn’t mean Uno doesn’t communicate, he just does it in different ways. He tends to point, jot things down, and use puzzles and patterns to show what is going on in that brilliant mind of his. He also has a crazy good memory!


Based on Rosenthal’s Affect/Effort Theory (1963), individuals will place more effort in their social interactions, if they have high expectancies of their peers. Therefore, it is hypothesized that if typical children possess more positive expectancies of their peers with disabilities (by learning about their special abilities rather than focusing solely on their impairments), they may make more of an effort to interact and take interest in their peers with disabilities. Additionally, children with disabilities may experience more confidence if on-screen they observe protagonists with disabilities viewed in a positive light.

Realabilities is intended to enhance the behavioral intentions, cognitive attitudes and social interest of typical child viewers towards their peers with disabilities. Overall, it will hopefully allow children with varying disabilities to see themselves in a positive and strong light on the television screen, iPad, computer monitor, or wherever their adventures may take them.




It's time to meet our friends already!


is my buddy who is hearing impaired. He has this ability to see better than anyone. I swear he can see out of the side of his head! He wears a hearing aid, carries a magnifying glass and mini telescope on his belt, and teaches sign language to us. Overall, he’s a bit nerdy, and sniffles a lot, but he is SO funny. He currently holds the world record for the number of times someone made me laugh so hard that I shot chocolate milk out of my nose.


is my friend who has low vision. She has this cool walking stick that doubles up as a wand, micro-phone and even as a sword. She’s the wise one in the group, who usually gives us insight on what’s going on and keeps us on-task. She has an AMAZING musical talent. Her voice has perfect pitch and tone and I’m frankly a little jealous of this. I like to sing too, and I’m getting better every day....despite what the howling cats in the neighborhood seem to think.


RJ/ ROlly... 

is a kid in my class who uses a wheelchair. He has something called “paraplegia”, which is really, really hard to spell. He is the “cool guy” in the group who uses his buff arms and his fancy wheelchair to transport me and the rest of my friends to any destination. His wheelchair has footstools for us and all of these cool gadgets attached to it, and between that and his impressive strength, he is the most physically-gifted person I’ve ever met.

Click on one of our new friends above to learn about them.