It's never an easy task to educate the public about disabilities, but a young girl in the U.K. found a unique way to do that in a handwritten letter that has gone viral.
A few weeks ago, 6-year-old Lex said that a classmate came up to her and said that Lex's 9-year-old brother Frank — who has autism — "is weird."
Although this event saddened Lex, she didn't let it keep her down. Lexi suggested that her school should create more disability awareness in the classroom.
"My brother has Autism is not weird," Lex wrote in a letter to her school council. "I would like it if we could learn about all disabilities in school so that everybody understands that some people are different, but we should all be treated the same."
Lex's mom, Sophie Camilleri, shared her daughter's letter to Facebook on October 10.
"I'm so very proud that Lex has this view and wants to change the way other children view others with disabilities," Camilleri wrote on Facebook. "She is only 6-years-old and is already part of the school council, wanting to make this change."
Camilleri's Facebook post soon was read by a reporter on the radio and the National Autistic Society shared it on its Facebook page.
"We shared Lex's letter on our Facebook page and loved seeing the amazing reaction from our supporters," Sarah Lambert from the National Autistic Society told the Huffington Post U.K.
As of October 24, her Facebook post received more than 27,000 shares.
Spreading awareness about disabilities is crucial in the classroom — and it begins with the teachers. Autism Speaks offers several resources specifically designed to help educational professionals accommodate some of the needs of children with autism in school, which they say could produce remarkable results.
Camilleri is still stunned that the letter went viral and is impressed that her daughter's efforts created more inclusion in school.
"She loves hearing all of the lovely things that people are saying," Camilleri told BuzzFeed. "I don't think she quite understands how much of an impact her letter had made, though,"