A Touch Of Understanding Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Education, Health

Location: 5280 Stirling Street Suite 102 Granite Bay CA 95746 USA

Mission: A Touch of Understanding''s mission is to encourage acceptance and respect for all individuals. Our educational programs are designed to increase understanding of differences, thereby minimizing discrimination and social isolation suffered by children and adults who are perceived as different for any reason, but especially those with disabilties.
Target demographics: students and adults
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 6000 students
Geographic areas served: the Sacramento area
Programs: disability awareness workshops. A Touch of Understanding provides approximately 100 presentations each school year to students in the Greater Sacramento, California area. Each student participates in the two-part program. In one part the students handle braces and artificial limbs and write in Braille, using a slate and stylus.  They use wheelchairs and white mobility canes. They complete tasks using a mirror and headphones to understand the challenges of learning disabilities and autism. The second part includes volunteer speakers who share their experiences and insight with the students. These two parts complement one another by giving students experience with the assistive devices used by people with disabilities as well as the opportunity to meet individuals who uses these tools each day.
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have had ATOU at Strawberry Point every year now for quite a while. They make a huge impact on all of my fourth grade students and staff alike. The experience is life changing for all of us. Leslie Thornton, Principal

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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1 person found this review helpful

We would like to thank A Touch of Understanding for coming to our school and making their presentation. It was well received, very interactive, and our students can't stop talking about it. We have had several parent emails letting us know that their children really enjoyed it and understand both empathy and acceptance. The program is very professional, well timed, and engaging. We liked the fact that the program encourages "buddies" not "bullies"!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the privilege of experiencing ATOU's disability-awareness workshop at my school for many years. The students love to hear from the presenters and how they have adapted to their various disabilities. The presenters share stories and encourage the students to ask questions. The students learn empathy and how important it is to not tease. The hands-on workshop is a component of the program visit. They get to practice what it could feel like to have a disability. The children remember and talk about this special assembly which shows what a great impact it can make at a young age. They talk about how they would want to stick up for someone if they saw him/her being teased. I highly recommend ATOU!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A Touch Of Understanding is an amazing program that touches the lives of students and adults. I have had the privilege of taking part in their assemblies at three different elementary schools. The number of students they have had a positive impacted with is countless. Many of the students say this is the best experience they have in school. The teachers report that the positive changes that come with the education ATOU brings makes a dramatic difference in the way students treat each other. I have also had the honor of attending several of their events outside of the school setting. The energy that the volunteers bring to this program is amazing!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

ATOU was one of the most powerful student assemblies in which our school has ever participated. It allowed the children to experience some of the daily difficulties many handicapped people go through on a daily basis. With the chance to "walk in someone else's shoes", students gained valuable perspective on how some struggle with simple, daily tasks that we often take for granted. The discussions we had as a class afterwards showed an obvious sense of empathy and sympathy from everyone. We pledged to be buddies, not bullies to the less fortunate!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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5 people found this review helpful

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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.

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

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?

2008-9-01

 
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