Using puppets to teach acceptance and respect for all

“By observing a puppet show, our students gained a new respect for others who have challenges, and also learned how we are much more alike than different from those who have a disability or physical challenge.” – Counselor, Park Tudor School

The Joseph Maley Foundation Puppets is a signature element in our Disability Awareness, Hope, and As You Are programs. Our child-sized puppets bring compassion to life and teach the importance of acceptance and respect for all. Puppets break down barriers to understanding and offer participants a relaxed and playful setting to ask questions. 

Joseph Maley Foundation puppet troupes are made up of talented seventh and eighth grade students from Greater Indianapolis schools. Puppeteers are trained at our summer Puppet Camps and become skilled at facilitating puppet shows and interacting with young students during the question and answer session after each show. 

The Joseph Maley Foundation puppets perform a wide variety of shows on disabilities, mental health, friendship, feelings, bullying, families, and gender. Puppet shows are performed at schools and community events to jumpstart important conversations and promote acceptance and inclusion of all. 

For more information, please contact Education Manager, Stephanie Becher (

“I enjoy being a puppeteer because it is a great way for kids to learn about disabilities, while still having a good time. The skits that the puppets act out bring light on the subject of disabilities. I am looking forward to seeing a future that is more inclusive of people with disabilities.” – 2021 Puppeteer