What People Say

Understanding Our Differences is an integral partner

superintendent001sm“One of the defining values of the Newton Public Schools is a long-standing commitment to successfully including students with a wide range of disabilities into the general curriculum. Understanding our Differences is an integral partner in helping to ensure that all our students are prepared to enter the world as empathetic, engaged and respectful citizens.”

— Dr. David A. Fleishman, Superintendent of Schools, Newton, MA


Programs like Understanding Our Differences break down barriers in society

Andrew Solomon photo“I think that programs like Understanding Our Differences, which introduce children in elementary schools to people who are different and allow children to ask those questions, so break down barriers in our society. It does so much to allow people to see the essential humanity in people. There is nothing more urgent than doing that.”

— Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree


Understanding Our Differences is humanity at its best

MariaAsm“The give and take with Understanding Our Differences speakers and students is so beautiful to witness. It’s one of the rewards of being a volunteer. You get to be in this very fulfilling moment, when humanity is at its best.”

— Maria Arvelo, Parent Volunteer


Understanding Our Differences: culture changing agent

JenP2“Understanding Our Differences is the culture changing agent that is so important in developing an inclusive community.”

— Jen Price, Head of School, Buckingham Browne & Nichols (past Superintendent of North Andover Public Schools)