Below is a list of testimonials gathered over the years from Students, Parents and Teacher that have gone through or have had a child go through a Touch of Understanding presentation.
It would be easier now to make friends with someone with a disability because now that we learned about people with disabilities I am more aware that they are no different from me and they have the same feelings as me. Just because someone walks or talks or does or has something different than me doesn't change who they are and it's not the outside it's the inside that counts.
To treat people with disabilities just like everyone else. And we need to be compassionate to others.
I was uncomfortable because I didn't know what was wrong with the person and then I thought that she was weird. Until I got to know her and now her and I are best friends.
I learned that a lot of people with disabilities have great personalities.
It would be easier to make friends with a disabled person now because I know they are people just like me and they want to be treated the same way as everyone else. I learned that everyone is not the same, but you need to accept that because on the inside, they are just like me.
Because now I know it isn't funny to have a disability, it is probably hard, so I can be friendly. It's not funny or scary to have a disability.
I know that even though someone has a disability they can still be a good friend.
Just because you have a disability doesn't mean you can't follow a dream or meet a goal.
I won't be scared from artificial arms and legs people have or wheelchairs. I will still remember people are same inside. I first, was scared. But I learned a lot and I am not afraid.
I especially loved it because I play with lots of kids that have disabilities and they're very nice. I think people shouldn't stare but they should learn about disabilities and be friends with people the have disabilities.
Thank you for teaching me about your experience so I learned now what it feels like to be you.
Thank you for teaching us about how we should act when we see a person that has a certain disability. Now when I see people with disabilities I will smile at them in a good way to make them feel happy.'
You taught me to not stare at people with disabilities and to care for them. Because sometime I might have a disability.
I learned that it is not funny to laugh at a person that has disabilities or anyone else.
I learned about so many things about blindness from you. People are just like you, they should not laugh, they should not stare, they should be kind, they should talk in a nice way or they could start a conversation.
I also learned that if a person has a special tool that they use they still can do stuff we can do.
I learned how to be friends with people who have wheelchairs, braces or even can't see. They are the same as anyone else. Thanks for teaching us all how to feel about people who have learning disabilities.
Most of all thank you for teaching me to act the same around disabled people because they are just like you and me.
I learned to show friendship to everyone including people with disabilities. I also learned it isn't nice to laugh at people who look or act different than you.
Something I learned from you is that you should never bother or distract a service dog, always ask the owner before petting a dog. I also learned life is too short to worry about little things, so enjoyed it.
Thank you for giving us the gift of your time. I learned a lot. One thing I learned was to respect people with disabilities. My brother has high order autism and my family teats him the same but when we go to the store everyone points and stares. They just won't take the time to listen. He does everything I can just differently. He even goes to different countries websites and learns their language!
I think she has lost part of her fear of them. She now sees a person not just the disability.
We have a special needs child in our class, so I found the program especially good this year. Although my class has always been very caring about this child, your presentation gave us an opportunity to discuss the ideas of empathy versus sympathy. Thank you so much.
I am a 6th grade teacher at Excelsior Elementary School and am very pleased that we have been able to provide our students with presentaions from "A Touch of Understanding." I have seen this program bring hope, compassion, and inspire many students to think about their impact on others.
Last year I had a student in my class named Andrew. Andrew suffered from OCD, and his symptoms became so severe that he could no longer go to school. I started teaching Andrew at home after school so he could attend therapy during the day. Many kids knew Andrew had a problem, but wern't sure how to help him or what the proper way to react when Andrew strugled with his OCD. Andrew wanted students to know about his OCD but wasn't sure how it should be addressed.
My students attended a presentation by A Touch of Understanding" and the response they gave me, brought me to tears. Two students in my class shared that they had siblings with disabilities and discussed with the class what it was like when people stared or treated them differently. At the end of the day, one of my students came up to me and sincerely thanked me for having the class participate with "A Touch of Understanding". He said that for the first time he "really understood what it might be like for someone with a disability" and that he realized how his actions could affect someone.
After sharing what took place at school with Andrew and his parents, they felt it might be best for me to explain to the class what Andrew's struggle with OCD was like. When I did, the response was very positive. Students expressed a lot of compassion toward Andrew and tried to imagine what it might be like to be him.
When Andrew returned to school weeks, later, he was met with tremendous support and understanding from his classmates. In fact many kids began to socialize with Andrew that hadn't before and defended him when students from other classes commented that Andrew was different. I am so grateful that Andrew was able to end the sixth grade on such positive terms, and don't think this would of hapened if my studens hadn't attended "A Touch of Understanding". Elementary School Teacher