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November 16, 2012

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November 16, 2012

I became involved with ATOU when the previous Volunteer Coordinator came in to my college classroom with a young woman named Hope who spoke about the program and the Youth F.O.R.C.E. I became a volunteer as soon as I could after their presentation. As I continued to volunteer with ATOU I came to the conclusion that ATOU is more than just an organization that advocates for people with disabilities and it is more than a provider of a disability-awareness workshop but that it is a family of people who all share the same passion of ushering a new generation of children into the future with an understanding that we are all the same on the inside and that we are equal and we should treat everyone with love, kindness, and respect.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 16, 2012

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November 16, 2011

I first saw this organization in action in 1998 at a school in a district where I served as the Assistant Superintendent. The impact on students was immediate and longterm as I watched students befri... more

October 16, 2012

Fifteen years ago I was new to the Eureka Union School District and was told that I had to go see a program for disability awareness at one of our schools. I saw the program, now called A Touch of Understanding, in action and saw the immediate positive impact it had on not only students with disabilities, but all students and adults on campus. Over 50,000 students later, it has only grown stronger and when I retired it was the only non-profit that I said yes to when it was time to get involved. ATOU changes lives.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 16, 2011
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I first saw this organization in action in 1998 at a school in a district where I served as the Assistant Superintendent. The impact on students was immediate and longterm as I watched students befriend students with disabilities and back away from fear and bullying. After watching the program in action for ten years, including four when I served as Superintendent, I have watched the program grow and expand. When I retired, many groups asked me to join their boards, but this was the group that hit me in the heart, so it was the only one I joined. Now I'm working to get the program into as many schools as possible as ATOU reaches beyond the 50,000 students we will have reached as of this year.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Changing the lives of young people who were either fearful of or ready to pick on others with disabilities, and the impact on those with disabilities.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Replicate it across the state, and the country.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

It came to a school in my district.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Continuing to impact as many children and adults as possible.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Making it so disabilities don't matter any more than hair color as people are interacting with each other.

September 20, 2012
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September 20, 2012
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ATOU has been a part of my family's life since 2006 when my son and I became volunteers. This is an extraordinary disability awareness group that helps breach the gap between disabled students and adults and their able-bodied peers. These peers get a chance to experience some of the day to day issues disabled people face, through a hands-on demonstration and participation in the use of wheelchairs, canes, braille, prosthetic devices and other disability tools. It is also a real eye-opener for the children to listen to the disabled speakers. The safe environment of the school setting allows for very open dialogue among all. Everyone learns so much from the ATOU experience.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 20, 2012
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September 20, 2012
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I have been associated with them through my foundation at work (PASCO in Roseville) and personally through volunteer events for the past 10 years or so. They are a very caring non-profit agency. Not only do they affect the lives of the children to whom they present – but they change the lives of the volunteers (some challenged and some not) by adding to their sense of worth and appreciating their talents. ATOU volunteers make a big difference!! And now – they have added a Youth Force – where they are changing the lives of young people by giving them the chance to have fun and do normal things with their peers. ATOU is an absolutely wonderful organization!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 20, 2012
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September 20, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

Touch of Understanding is an amazing program where students of all ages gets to learn a little bit about others who may have different abilities. It is such an inspirational program that advocates inclusion for people of all abilities. Since volunteering with the program, it has motivated me to continue to volunteer with them. The students are always enthused about the program. A life changing program that must continue to exist for furure generations.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 19, 2012
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September 19, 2012
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Through his involvement with A Touch of Understanding I have seen my sons confidence grow in leaps and bounds. This is largely due to his connecting with the caring volunteers and staff. They have great activities including ski trips and leadership development for special needs individuals. We are so grateful to be involved.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 10, 2012
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August 10, 2012
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A Touch of Understanding is breaking barriers between social classes; those with disabilities and those without. A Touch of Understanding enter our schools with the tools needed to give young people a more intimate impression of what dealing with a disadvantage might be like. This leaves the audience a greater understanding of the similarities between all of us verses the differences. They succeed in bringing about a greater connection to all social classes rather then a potential divide.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 20, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
May 20, 2011
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ATOU is a very amazing and touching program. As a volunteer, I get to see what they do, and the effect it has on the people they touch. I hope this program continues to reach as many schools as possible. Thank you for all you do ATOU!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally seen the many results of this program. Between volunteering with them, and just seeing the expressions of the kids, and what they see to each other between and during the program. Not to mention the notes and emails they receive regarding their amazing program!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Reach more schools, as many as possible. As well as visiting more schools focused on kids with special needs. Please visit www.tridynamic.com Thank you.

May 18, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
May 18, 2011
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ATOU is an amazing program that has touched many students in our school district. Through their creative stations, videos and presenters, students have been able to get a feel and understanding of what it is like to be someone with a disability. Through the program, students have also learned the correct way to approach and treat others with a disability. ATOU is a program like no other, and I hope that it continues to be successful and grow throughout our region and beyond.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being in a classroom and working with the students that have been through this program. I have a disability and the students that have been through the ATOU program are much more understanding than those that have not been.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not. It is well run and serves a fabulous purpose!

May 18, 2011

I am an educator who works with kids ages Kindergarten to High School. I am so impressed with the approach ATOU has to help breakdown the barriers/walls between students with/without Special Needs. The Speakers are precious, the activities are powerful (hands-on!), and the love/compassion they do it all with is priceless! Keep up the great stuff ATOU!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The level of understanding/acceptance in the students who have participated in the ATOU program goes through the roof after these presentations!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep spreading the word for more and more school sites to be able to have them come and keep developing extended curriculum units for ongoing enrichment/impact in this area as a complement/summary to what goes on! :)

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