Disability Awareness

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Disability Awareness teaches students about disabilities, and the power of acceptance, empathy, and respect for all.

Developed by our team of educators and revised annually, Disability Awareness teaches youth in preKindergarten through twelfth grade with a developmentally appropriate, standards-based curriculum.

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Disability Awarness Program
Disability Awarness Program
Disability Awarness Program


PreK Everybody Plays
Kindergarten Everybody is Different
Grade 1 Everybody Needs Help
Grade 2 Uniquely Me: Blindness
Grade 3 Living With a Disability
Grade 4 Everybody Learns Differently: Learning Disabilities
Grade 5 The Person Behind What You Hear


Grade 6 Breaking Down Barriers
Grade 7 Invisible Disabilities
Grade 8 Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

High School

Grades 9-10 Communicating Differently
Grades 11-12 What People with Disabilities Wish You Knew

Core program elements include, but are not limited to, comprehensive curriculum guides, thematic and engaging lessons, recorded Joseph Maley Foundation puppet shows and Joseph Maley Foundation speakers, program planning meetings with Foundation staff, ongoing program support, and much more!

If you are interested in bringing Disability Awareness to your school, please contact Lead Education Manager, Stephanie Becher at sbecher@josephmaley.org

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“[Disability Awareness] is a wonderful program! I’ve spoken with other teachers outside our district to tell them about how this program easily introduces ways that students can be inclusive of all students.”

– Teacher, Allisonville Elementary

“Overall, my experience with the Joseph Maley Foundation was excellent….The respect my students and I have gained for one another and our school community is amazing!”

– Teacher, Washington Woods Elementary

“I was happy to see my students’ empathy and understanding grow for their classmates with autism.” –

-Teacher, Westlane Middle School

“[Disability Awareness] was fantastic – my students who have diverse abilities felt more included and seen as a result. Thank you!”

– Teacher, Orchard School

“I love that the people in your videos are authentic. It helps students who feel that they don’t have a role model ‘just like them’ see that there are a lot of different role models out there.”

– Teacher, St. Richard’s Episcopal School

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