“I learned that people with disabilities are still people and I should treat them the way I want to be treated.”
4th grade student
“I think this program is valuable because in life there are so many different kinds of people and I want my kids to be able to respect people’s differences and have empathy for why things are more difficult for some people than others.”
“I am so glad you took the time to provide our students with an opportunity to understand the uniqueness and value of each member of our school community.”
1st grade teacher
“As a reading teacher I was not directly involved, but found when I asked a group about it they were eager to share and seemed to remember and understand a lot.”
Elementary Reading Specialist
“I think this program opened my child’s eyes to the differences in people.”
“I think that having Disability Day helped change my perspective on people that are different.”
6th grade student
“Sam gave an extraordinary series of presentations to students, parents and teachers over three days that he was with us in Marin County, California. Sam’s authentic and vulnerable presentation allowed participants to directly connect with him, his story, and his message of inclusion, respect, and empathy.”
Founder of Beyond Differences
Students are more aware of differences and willing to help and understand other people’s struggles as well as their own. Kids are even using the language of “empathy,” “empathetic,” “challenges,” and “differences.” in their daily language. They are more open to differences, whether or not a disability is present, which is fantastic!
Third Grade Teacher
It is fantastic to have the opportunity to bring up conversations about disabilities so kids can ask questions without feeling uncomfortable.
Fourth Grade Teacher
This really helped my kids not only understand differences and challenges for people, it also gave them the opportunity to look within themselves and be ok with their own differences and challenges.