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Review for A Touch of Understanding Inc, Granite Bay, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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 PS: I am a bi-lateral Below the Knee Amputee.

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

We had more volunteers and more time with the students.

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Role:  Volunteer & I try to express the Idea that people with a disability are people first.