Understanding Our Differences

Welcome to Understanding our Differences at Bowen

Understanding Our Differences (UOD) is a unique disability awareness program implemented in the Newton Elementary Schools for all 3rd, 4th & 5th graders. Through a sophisticated curriculum students gain an understanding of the challenges faced by people with various medical conditions, physical and intellectual disabilities.

Each program typically includes a presentation of the topic, a number of parent led activities, and an inspirational guest speaker. Our children are immersed in the experience of how people who might have a physical or mental challenge feel, sense the world, communicate, and interact with others on a daily basis.

What can you do to help?

There are two key roles in the Bowen UOD program. Grade level coordinators set up the program and implement on the day. Parent volunteers typically work with the kids, leading a short activity. This takes about 10 minutes of prep time viewing a short video before the program and then an hour at school. We don’t believe that volunteering with the students will be possible in 2021-22.

Information on dates and times for Bowen 3rd, 4th and 5th grade programs will be announced throughout the year. If you would like to volunteer for the program please e-mail chair@bowenpto.org.

For more information on the Understanding Our Differences program, please seeĀ http://understandingourdifferences.org

Many thanks to our Coordinators and Volunteers for making UOD possible!