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Yay! It’s “Dress Like a Disabled Person Day,” Kids!

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Yay! It’s “Dress Like a Disabled Person Day,” Kids!

Possible costume idea

Possible costume idea

Australia may be among my favorite vacation spots — I could seriously live in Sydney and enjoy greeting everyone with “G’day, mate!” — but its education system may need some, um, fine-tuning…

An elementary school in South Australia has infuriated parents and disability advocates by asking students to come to school dressed as a disabled person as part of a fundraiser.  And the best disabled costumes get a prize!

The school’s newsletter stated: “There will be prizes for the best students dressed as a person with a disability. Get your thinking hats on and see what disability you can represent!”

Oh yes, THAT’S going to end well.

At least the goal was admirable:  to raise money for a clinic in Bangladesh that repairs children’s cleft lips and palates.  (Word of advice for administrators:  Just stick to more harmless fundraisers, such as pimping out dates with hot teachers.)

Sources say popular costume ideas included Ozzy Osbourne, Paris Hilton and Paula Abdul masks.

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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