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

Date  School  Time  Program 
10/22/19 Atkinson School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Autism Program (5thgrade) 
10/22/19 Thomson School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Deafness Program (3rd grade)
10/23/19 Kittredge School 10:00am- 12:00pm Learning Disabilities (5th grade)
10/24/19  Thomson School 8:45 am- 10:45 am Physical Disability (4th Grade)
10/25/19 Thomson School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Autism (5th Grade)
10/30/19 Kittredge School 9:00 am- 11:00 am Chronic Medical (3rd Grade)
11/7/19 Sargent School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Chronic Medical (3rd Grade)
11/12/19 Atkinson School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Intellectual Disabilities(4th Grade)
11/13/19 Kittredge School 9:00 am- 11:00 am Deafness Program (3rd Grade)
11/13/19 Franklin School 8:45 am- 10:45 am Autism (5thGrade) 
11/14/19 Franklin School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Physical Disabilities (4th Grade)
11/15/19 Franklin School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Deafness (3rd Grade)
11/19/19 Atkinson School 8:45 am- 10:45 am Chronic Medical(Grade 3)
12/9/19 Thomson School 8:45 am- 10:45 am Chronic Medical (3rd Grade)
12/10/19 Sargent School 8:45 am- 10:45 am Physical Disability (4th Grade)
12/11/18 Kittredge School 9:00 am – 11:00 am Snow Day( 3rd Grade)
12/11/19 Thomson School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Intellectual Disability (4th Grade)
12/12/19 Thomson School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Learning Disability(5th Grade)
1/8/20 Kittredge School 10:00 am- 12:00 pm Autism (5th Grade)
1/9/20 Sargent School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Learning Disability (5th Grade)
1/14/20 Atkinson School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Learning Disability (5th Grade)
1/21/20 Atkinson School 8:45 am- 10:45 am Physical Disability (4th Grade)
1/22/20 Franklin School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Learning Disabilities (5th Grade)
1/23/20 Franklin School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Intellectual Disability (4th Grade)
1/24/20 Franklin School 8:45 am– 10:45 am Chronic Medical (3rd Grade)
1/29/20 Kittredge School 10:00 am- 12:00 pm Physical Disability (4th Grade)
2/4/20 Atkinson School 8:45 am – 10:45 am Deafness Program (4th Grade)
2/6/20 Sargent School 8:45 am- 10:45 am Deafness Program (4th Grade)
2/12/20 Kittredge School 10:00 am- 12:00 am Intellectual Disability (4th Grade)
3/5/20 Sargent School 8:45 am- 10:45 am Intellectual Disabilities (4th Grade)
3/12/20 Sargent School 8:45am -10:45 am Autism (5th Grade)

Watch this UOD Video from Franklin School Autism Unit

Understanding Our Differences

Programs

5th grade

  • Autism
  • Learning Disabilities

4th Grade

  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Physical Disabilities

3rd Grade

  • Blindness and Visual Impairment
  • Deafness and Hard of Hearing

News

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