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.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

 
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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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?

2009-4-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

A Touch of Understanding is a unique and much needed disability awareness program. I was so very impressed with both the volunteers and the staff. Leslie DeDora, co-founder, holds ATOU to the highest standards of excellence. The students that participate in the ATOU program are forever changed by the presentations as well as the activity areas. I have seen first hand how they come in thinking those with disabilities are "weird" or "different" but through the compassionate way the program is presented, they come away with a whole new "understanding" of what those with disabilities are capable of in their daily lives.

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

the way the students speak after seeing the presentations and listening to the speakers.

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

Do it just the same way.

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

the way the message of ATOU is presented in a loving, compassionate and non-judgmental way.

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

Caring and knowledgeable.

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

bring their passion for respect and dignity for the disabled to many areas of this country.

Ways to make it better...

I could work with them all daily!

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

the lack of funding and the lack of real knowledge of what ATOU is all about

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

I love ATOU!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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