A powerful and eye opening animation that uses the first-person testimony of Jasper a boy that lives with cystic fibrosis. Jasper explains what his condition is, the treatment he receives and the emotional challenges he faces. Using Jasper’s real first person testimony creates an intimate and direct tone that will help students to empathise with people’s differences. Jasper’s circumstances are easily relatable to children; he talks about school, school trips, friends, his hobbies and explains the complications that cystic fibrosis brings to these situations. Contains some scenes which younger viewers may find upsetting. Teacher review prior to use in class is recommended.
This animation could be particularly useful for teachers when covering topics understanding and respecting differences and similarities. Pupils could be asked what cystic fibrosis is and how it can affect someone that suffers from it. They could also look at how they could make life easier for those in different situations to their own. After watching the clip pupils could suggest how they would make Jasper feel comfortable and normal. They could discuss these suggestions as a class and ask how they could apply them to other situations as well.