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May 18, 2011

Such a wonderful and inviting environment it was a pleasure to work with everyone at ATOU. The work they do is priceless and a real service to the children of our community!

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The children in the schools seem very inspired to have the compassion toward individuals with disabilities after participating in the program.

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I would not make any except that they need to be in every school in the United States, Sacramento and the surrounding areas are lucky to have a wonderful organization like ATOU

May 18, 2011

I came to ATOU after they did a presentation at my university. After watching the video and hearing what they were all about I decided to offer my services. I've been a volunteer/friend of ATOU for about 2 years now and I have never had a complaint about their excellent services or the awesome people who work there. I've been fortunate enough to work along side them as we organized a community carnival for the children in the Granite Bay area and and work for them serving the community in many other events. The message that ATOU puts out is one of acceptance and achievement and I firmly believe that they are making a tremendous difference for people who have disabilities, as well as the public in general. Two thumbs WAY up!

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my school, my family, and my friends.

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expand their funding.

May 18, 2011

I was one of the first students to have participated in ATOU's presentations many years ago! I was a 2nd grader at the time and remember being so intrigued and interested by the presentation I watched. They opened my eyes to things I had never thought about before. Now, many years later, I have come to appreciate ATOU even more. In fact, I have become a special education teacher and wholeheartedly support their mission to spread awareness and empathy about individuals with disabilities. I am so impressed with the work ATOU does. I have volunteered for ATOU and have watched their team present to local elementary schools. They reach students in ways that are deeply meaningful. During the entire presentation, students are engaged, enthusiastic, and curious. Students absolutely love their presentations! I believe many students leave these presentations possessing a deeper understanding and compassion for people with disabilities. What makes ATOU so special is the team that runs it. Every staff member you meet is positive, kind, and generous. Their warmth is infectious and rubs off on every person they teach. I think ATOU’s mission is so important in today’s schools. With a rise in bullying and student depression, I believe it is essential to educate our students about individual differences, promote acceptance of all, and spread compassion for all people. I think ATOU does such a wonderful job doing just this. I hope all schools have the opportunity to share ATOU with their students!

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I participated as a student myself in ATOU's presenations many years ago. I have also volunteered with ATOU and have seen the impact they make on the students they teach. It is truly amazing!

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I hope ATOU can expand and reach schools outside of the loacal area! All schools can benefit from ATOU's mission.

August 19, 2009

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August 19, 2009

ATOU has such an amazing program I don't even know where to begin. The first time that I went through their presentation I was blown away. The impact of the speakers and the the hands on experience is truly amazing. The kids were very receptive and I think that what ATOU offers is a chance for them to understand not only what it would be like to live with a disability, but what it's like for people to treat you differently because of a disability. I have watched the amazement on the kids faces as they begin to understand and feel what it's like. It teaches empathy and patience, as well as that it's better to ask if you are curious rather than just stare and make fun. This program is by far, one of the most valuable programs I have ever experienced or seen as at some point in all of our lives we will come across a person with a disability or illness of some kind.

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a school atmosphere and the value and education that it provides to children both with and without disabilities is unsurpassed.

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everyone is so friendly and patient.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

individuals both with disabilities and without.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate the way that it needs to. I've seen the effects of this program & it's ability to change lives for those w/o disabilities as they begin to understand what it's like to live with a disability and for those w/ disabilities as they share their story

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 14, 2009

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August 14, 2009

Last spring we found out that one of our young students was going to need a prosthetic in the near future. Touch of Understanding came almost immediately to educate the students at that grade level and raise their awareness and understanding of students/people with disabilities. They brought young students as part of their team, which helped make it more "real" to our kids. I am sure that it will help ALL our students now and in the future. TOU has also been a valuable resource to the parents as they navigate through these new experiences. I have and will continue to recommend this program!

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

seeing my students be more aware and accepting of students with disabilities.

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the staff and volunteers are dedicated to their work, and will tailor their presentation to meet the needs of their audience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reduce the costs, which would make it more accessible to schools in these tight budget times.

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the "panel discussion" was shorter, since the audience was so young. The students would have like to handle the prosthetics rather than just have them demonstrated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 14, 2009

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August 14, 2009

We started out with this program for 4th & 5th graders last year and it was so successful that grades 6-8 also had them present this program. The response from the students and parents was extremely postive. What a wonderful way to begin our school year.

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Our children had a much better understanding of people with disabilities and literally how to walk in their shoes because of the hands on experience.

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How organized they were and the hands on experience the children had.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

They could go to every school.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 13, 2009

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August 13, 2009

Foresthill Union School District has been scheduling the interactive Touch of Understanding for almost ten years. District staff and students have found the program insightfully informative. We all feel that the program has enabled our district/community to be more aware and accepting of each other.

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seeing the increased awareness student's have for each other. I have also noticed that staff becomes more tolerant of students special needs.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their professionalism.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

remarkable!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 13, 2009

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August 13, 2009

My mother has been a volunteer with ATOU for the past _ years. I've been involved with the program when possible (I live out of the area) and love what they do. All of the volunteers genuinely care about the cause and are nurturing, understanding, and educational. Watching the reactions of the children was a heartwarming, touching experience. As the child of a parent who is disabled, I'm not only grateful that this program exists, I feel it is a necessity.

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Yes. I've volunteered and have seen the presentations. I was very impressed with the response of the students.

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Watching the children's faces as they learned and understood the challenges those with disabilities face.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful! Very understanding, welcoming, and very knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change people's perceptions of disabled people EVERYWHERE.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 12, 2009

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August 12, 2009

This is an awesome program! My son was born without a right forearm and hand and was so empowered when, during 2d grade, he saw the ATOU presentation and listened to people with similar and other disabilities talk about their experiences. Last year, during 5th grade, he decided to join ATOU as a speaker to talk about his own challenges and experiences. He spoke at a couple ATOU presentations last year and this past summer. He is so proud to participate in the program, and is excited to participate during the coming school year. I, as well as my husband, mother and sister, have sat in on the ATOU presentation, and we were moved and uplifted beyond words. This is a very worthwhile program, with a group of extremely dedicated and passionate volunteers. The knowledge and understanding about differences and personal challenges that is passed on to younger folks through ATOU is invaluable.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extraordinarily friendly, compassionate, and enthusiastic. The staff and volunteers quickly put the kids at ease and are entirely focused on providing open, honest communications.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 6, 2009

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August 6, 2009

An awesome organization. My daughter and I first saw the ATOU presentation when she was in 2nd grade and they presented at her school. She stood up that day during the discussion of orthotics and showed everyone her brace and told them how it helped her. Courtney started volunteering as a speaker with ATOU when she was in 7th grade and she's been spreading the word ever since that kids have strokes and that having a disability doesn't have to slow you down.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting so many active, involved and successful people with disabilities. I love their example for both me and my daughter that life is what you make it and that having a disability doesn't have to slow you down or keep you from following your dreams.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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