Spring Benefit 2022


Graphic - Understanding Our Differences "Opening Doors to All Abilities" Spring Benefit May 12, 2022

Thank you for attending the Spring Benefit and for your support! 

We had a wonderful spring benefit on Thursday, May 12, 2022, full of old and new friends and gracious supporters of the UOD mission. 

If you were unable to attend, but would like to give a donation in honor of one of our speakers, please click the Donate button on our giving page:


Please enjoy a recording of the livestream program from the event and photos from the event.  We hope to see you for our Spring Benefit 2023, if not before!

Event Video


Enjoy a few of our favorite quotes from the video

Understanding Our Differences is an amazing program. I think it’s really great that kids can hear my story and know how my disability works so they can understand me and empathize with me more.  When people understand how my disability works, they realize that I’m just like everyone else, it’s just that they have to include me a little differently. 

— Oskar, Middle School Student

Understanding Our Differences changes perspectives. Understanding Our Differences changes lives. And Understanding Our Differences not only teaches kids to accept differences, but to embrace and cherish them. Let’s continue to support this important program so that nobody has to miss out.

— Ima, Oskar’s Mom and UOD Volunteer

When we talk about folks with disabilities in particular and … why do we want to be able to not only understand but celebrate differences as well, I think it’s also important for us to realize that it’s not an act of charity to be able to help someone with a disability. It is something in which we realize our own full humanity as well.

— Adrian Anantawan, Keynote Speaker, Violinist and Disability Advocate

 Event Photos

Thank you to our event photographer, Will Daniels, for capturing the spirit of our event in his photos!  Click on thumbnail image to enlarge. 


About our “Opening Doors to All Abilities”
Keynote Speaker

 Photo of Adrian Anantawan playing the violin

Adrian Anantawan
Internationally renowned violinist and disability advocate
Adrian’s website: https://www.adriananantawan.com/ 


Thank you to our Event Sponsors!logo-village-bank