Wisdom from Our Founders Event

In 2013, UOD held an event called, “Understanding Our Differences Past and Present – Featuring Carol Beard, Founders and Past Leaders, Current Board and Staff.”  It was an event to introduce past leaders who did not know the current board, and current board members who did not know past leaders. It was an event to share stories from the early beginnings of UOD (then called Understanding Handicaps), and to celebrate how far the organization had come since its founding in 1978.  Included below are just a few of the clips from the event that illustrate the importance of UOD and some of the amazing individuals who have been involved. 

“Think Big, Reach Out Broadly to Community, Engage Real People in Real Conversations”

Founding of Understanding Handicaps (UOD)

Susan Bookbinder and Carol Beard speak about the early days of UOD
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Click to hear founder Carol Beard talk about the creation of Understanding Handicaps

Curriculum Creation and Expansion through Newton Schools

Founder Carol Beard talks about how the program was developed and grew within the Newton schools

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Click to hear Carol Beard talk about program expansion

Educating Communities

Students aren’t the only ones who learn from UOD — volunteers, educators and guest speakers have also learned from the program.  Cynthia O’Hare, Trina Schickel, Cathy Jepsen, Linda Hiller and Terry Bromfield share what they have gained through their involvement with UOD.

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Volunteers

Click to hear Cynthia O'Hare talk about what she learned as a volunteer
Click to hear Trina Schickel tall a funny story about how we keep learning

Educators
Click to hear Cathy Jepson talk about why UOD made her a better teacher

Speakers
Click to hear Linda Hiller talk about being a guest speaker
Click to hear Terry Bromfield talk about why being a speaker is the best volunteer position

Program Impact

Over the past 40 years, the UOD program has had an impact on Newton and beyond.  Beth Tishler, Carol Kanin, Rebecca Lubens and Cathy Jepsen all speak about the importance of UOD to the community and students.

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Click to hear Beth Tishler speak about UOD being more than a program, it's a real movement
Click to hear Carol Kanin speak about the viability and importance of UOD
Click to hear Carol Kanin speak about the impact of UOD on community
Click to hear Rebecca Lubens speak about UOD being integral to the school sytem
Click to hear Rebecca Lubens speak about what students said about a guest speaker
Click to hear Cathy Jepson explain how her students got the message of UOD

Carry the Wisdom Forward

A reminder from Susan Epstein about how to approach the next 40 years!

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Click to hear Susan Epstein quote the founders to Think Big