Understanding Our Differences

During These Challenging Times...
Understanding Our Differences has always worked hard to foster respectful and inclusive schools and communities for people of all abilities. Our office at Newton’s Education Center is currently closed, but our staff is working hard on many projects and we are available. New resources for at-home learning will be available soon.

We welcome you to contact us at any time with your feedback, questions and comment at: 
[email protected], or message us on Facebook or Twitter.



How do you teach elementary school children to develop understanding and respect for fellow students and others with physical, sensory or developmental disabilities? How can you reduce bullying, name-calling and intolerance?

Understanding Our Differences is a model, interactive disability awareness curriculum that teaches children to see the whole person and better understand the disability. The Understanding Our Differences program educates schools and communities and fosters respect and inclusion for people of all abilities.

The curriculum covers Blindness and Low Vision, Deafness and Hard of Hearing, Autism, Physical Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, and Chronic Medical Conditions including Allergic Conditions, Asthma, Diabetes, and Epilepsy.

Understanding Our Differences is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a national leader in disability awareness education, with unique expertise developed over its 40-year history.

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