Using puppets to teach acceptance and respect for all

Joseph Maley Foundation Puppets program brings compassion to life through child-sized puppets. Our puppet troupes are made up of talented seventh and eighth grade students from Greater Indianapolis schools. Puppets utilizes the gifts of children to teach children, which provides an environment where discussion is contingent on the interaction between the puppets, puppeteers, and the audience.

Joseph Maley Foundation Puppets teaches the importance of acceptance and respect for everyone. With each skit, there is a question and answer component during which the audience can ask the puppets about the topics presented. The puppets break down barriers, and offer children a relaxed setting to ask questions.

Performances are often used to introduce the Disability Awareness program at schools. The puppet troupe also supports the unique needs of organizations, performing at local hospitals, events, camps, and for other nonprofits. In order to learn puppeteering techniques, information about specific disabilities, and how to teach acceptance to audience members, puppeteers attend a Puppet Camp in the summer.  

Currently puppeteers perform skits related to the following topics:

  • Autism – Adopted through the generosity of the Schommer Family
  • Bereavement – Adopted through the generosity of the Schommer Family
  • Bullies & School Safety
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Childhood Cancer
  • Children’s Mental Health/ADHD – Adopted through the generosity of the Lemen and Seebeck Families and our 2014 Fall Luncheon guests
  • Down Syndrome – Adopted through the generosity of Down Syndrome Indiana
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders – Adopted through the generosity of the Lemen and Seebeck Families and our 2014 Fall Luncheon guests
  • Healthy Eating: Combatting Childhood Obesity – Adopted through the generosity of St. Maria Goretti School
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Multiculturalism – Adopted thorugh the generosity of St. Monica School
  • Siblings with Disabilities
  • Spina Bifida – Adopted through the generosity of Trends International
  • Visual Impairment

For more information, please submit the inquiry form below or contact Education Manager, Stephanie Becher (

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