Understanding Our Differences

We remain dedicated to fostering respectful and inclusive schools and communities for people of all abilities. Working remotely, our staff is staying very busy adapting our disability awareness program for an online learning environment. We invite you to explore our At-Home Learning resources that inform children about a range of disabilities and chronic medical conditions and teach respect and inclusion. As always, please contact us at any time with your feedback, questions and comments at: 
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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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