Understanding Our Differences

Understanding Our Differences (UOD) is a disability awareness curriculum that teaches children to “see the person and not the disability.” UOD programs are presented to students in grades 3-5. Parent volunteers use scripted lesson plans and provided materials to teach the lessons. Absolutely no knowledge or experience is necessary. This is a fun and meaningful way to be involved directly in your child’s class.

The dates for this year’s UOD events are as follows:

Grade 3–November 3rd and March 9th

Grade 4–November 17 and March 16

Grade 5–December 1st, March 23 and May 11

Volunteer needed! A coordinator is needed for the grade 5 programs and parent volunteers are needed to run small groups for all three grades.  Understanding Our Differences is the disability awareness program for children in grades 3-5.  Please contact Stephanie Hsiang if you can help.

UOD News

Book Event November 2: Melissa Shang is a 14 year-old disability activist, author, and Newton resident. Born with a form of muscular dystrophy, Melissa got her start in activism when she launched a petition for a disabled American Girl doll. The petition went viral and raised attention for disability representation in children’s toys.  On November 2, at 7:00 pm at Newton South High School, please join us for a conversation with the author who will also sign copies of her book, Mia Lee is Wheeling Through Middle School. Our moderator is Craig LeMoult, award-winning journalist with WGBH News. Requested donation of $10 for adults; children and NPS employees are free.