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“One of the defining values of the Newton Public Schools is a long-standing commitment to successfully include 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

Understanding Our Differences

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 person and not the disability.” Since 1978, the program has been successfully disseminated to more than 200 schools nationwide.

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

Understanding Our Differences is a nonprofit organization and a national leader in disability awareness education.

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