Understanding Our Differences (UOD) is a nationally recognized, educational program that teaches elementary school children to develop understanding and respect for fellow students and others with physical, sensory or developmental disabilities. UOD is an interactive disability awareness curriculum that North Andover Elementary Schools teach to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Each year, students participate in 2 to 3 sessions introducing various kinds of disabilities. The programs’ goals are to foster respect, acceptance and compassion for people of all abilities as well as increase tolerance and reduce bullying. It reinforces North Andover’s RAISE values.

For more information, check out Understanding Our Differences, or watch our video here.

2019/2020 Dates


Watch this UOD Video from Franklin School Autism Unit

Understanding Our Differences


5th grade

  • Autism
  • Learning Disabilities

4th Grade

  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Physical Disabilities

3rd Grade

  • Blindness and Visual Impairment
  • Deafness and Hard of Hearing


WE NEED VOLUNTEERS for this special program!

This is a fun and rewarding program for both kids and parents, and anyone in the district can volunteer!

  • Volunteers must complete a 20-minute online training session.
  • Volunteers must have a current CORI on file with the elementary schools.


Interested? Sign Up to VOLUNTEER for the 2019/2020 school year.

To speak at a program about a disability you have experience with, contact us at northandoverpac@gmail.com