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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Excellent disabilities awareness organization! I am a congenital disabled person that is a powerchair user. Was bullied/teased through my public school career. I am also a parent of a congenital disabled adult child. Wish there was such an organization when I was in public school!

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Rating: 4 stars  

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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.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!!

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!

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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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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

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?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have seen ATOU's presentations several times. I was amazed at the response of the children to the opportunities they had to experience things from the perspective of the disabled person. They seem so thankful to be able to talk openly to people with disabilities and hear honestly from them about their challenges & also their sameness with the general public. It is also a thrilling experience to hear the life stories of the volunteers & know that there is so much hope. My own son had an accident & brain injury recently. I know who I can talk to for support & understanding & much hope for recovery.

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

nieces & nephews who saw the program presented to them in elementary school. They never forget the power of the presenters.

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

pray that it could continue on and on and on.

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

the love and compassion shared by all the volunteers in the group & what a huge family they are.

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

so loving & caring for each other & for those that they shared their experiences with.

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

get the vehicles needed to transport their equipment & probably take more volunteers with them to programs.

Ways to make it better...

it had lasted longer.

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

not enough money to keep expanding and presenting the program do to rising fuel costs.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have written several stories on ATOU for the Grantie Bay View. The organization and the work they do is incredible. In addition to touching the lives of both the people they present to and those who present, they have been very active in the communities in which they belong. They are a well run and much needed organization and I have seen people of all ages permanently touched by them.

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

the statements and actions of the students they have presented to.

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

the way they really put a face on people with disabilities for children. They let them experience and take the fear out of approaching those with disabilities.

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

kind and loyal.

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

go national and bring understanding to the entire country.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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