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

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

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 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

August 5, 2009

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August 5, 2009

ATOU and What we do We present to students in schools in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo and El Dorado Counties. In most schools we present and have activities with regular students. Our program has two sections. Each section lasts about one hour and 15 minutes and has about 50 students. One Section consists of speakers (Usually 3-4 individuals followed by questions from the students at the end). Our presenters/speakers are individuals (sometime students) who are disabled (handicapped) in one way or a combination of ways. They try to enhance the students understanding of what they (Speakers) have obtained, even though, at times, it is a challenge. The other section consists of an introduction (about 15 minutes) to the program and what we plan to have the students do. Then the students are separated into 5 groups for the five stations: 1. White Canes. 2. Wheelchairs. 3. Braille for an exercise in writing in Braille. 4. Mirrors exercise. 5. Orthotics & Prosthetics (when I am not speaking. (I am usually at this station). At the end of our session, I walk around the table and pull up my slacks and show the Teacher and students that I am an amputee. Upto that point, they have no idea that I am. After about 10 minutes at a station, the students rotate to their next station. After everyone has completed the five stations, we have a closing. The Activities volunteers help with the stations. The speakers - Speak. Some of us do both. Charles (Chuck) P. Warren chuck@chuckandvi.org PS: I am a bi-lateral Below the Knee Amputee.

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I have worked with ATOU for the past two years. It great to hear the students resonses after our presentations. Several of our Speakers are students with a disability visual or not.

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Ways to make it better...

We had more volunteers and more time with the students.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 5, 2009

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August 5, 2009

We recently had the blessing of finding and joining this wonderful group of caring and compassionate people. A Touch of Understanding's (ATOU) mission in promoting and teaching Disability Awareness is so important and we are so blessed to be a part of it. We have been welcomed with open arms, compassion and understanding. We are proud to be a part in paying this wonderful blessing forward as members of ATOU! Please check out their website at http://www.touchofunderstanding.org and support them in any way that you can.

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

that they are such wonderful, caring and compassionate people who are committed to bring about Disability Awareness and changing the world!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 4, 2009

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August 4, 2009

Hello I don't know where to start this is a great organization. I have been volunteering since 2005. I really enjoy going to the schools and talking to the kids about my disability. I think it's a neat program we are like a family.

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

Students who see are program are more excepting of people with disabilities.

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

I don't know.

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

I enjoy working with the kids and other volunteers.

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

friendly

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

expand

Ways to make it better...

I wish we could expand outside Califorina.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money

One thing I'd also say is that...

I enjoy being with this group.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 4, 2009

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August 4, 2009

I have seen the strong impact that this hands-on disability awareness program has on students who participate and disabled people who speak to students. All these folks come away with a better understanding of the world faced by those with disabilities. Also, students and others participating in the program learn a new respect for the many talents and abilities of people who are disabled. I have been acquainted with this organization for seven years. I am a volunteer. Be sure to review the website www.touchofunderstanding.org to learn more about this amazing group of people and the good work they do!

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

schools where a disabled student is in the class. When the student shares his or her experiences with other classmates, the classmate have a new respect for their fellow class member.

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

Get some assistance to create more defined business plans and structure. They are working on this and realize more needs to be done.

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

seeing the impact on participants in the program.

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

dedicated, caring, and kind folks.

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

Expand its program to a wider geographic area.

Ways to make it better...

Sometimes we are short-handed for the taks which need to be accomplished.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the usual ones: bringing in enough money to support the program and continue to train, recuit and retain volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If you really want to understand this program, call the office and find a presentation where you can go and participate in the program. You will have a life-changing experience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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