Teaching acceptance through respect, empathy, and kindness is the core message of Disability Awareness


“I love this program – it is very valuable and age appropriate!  My students gained the knowledge that even if someone has a disability, they are just like them and you should treat them like you would want to be treated.” – Teacher, Fall Creek Elementary 

Joseph Maley Foundation’s cornerstone program, Disability Awareness, teaches understanding and awareness of people with disabilities and fosters respect, empathy, and acceptance of all.

Disability Awareness is a developmentally-appropriate, standards-based curriculum for students in preKindergarten through eighth grade. Developed by our team of educators and revised annually, this program educates youth through a unique and engaging curriculum.

Signature elements include interactive puppet shows, children’s literature read-alouds, Joseph Maley Foundation speakers, and hands-on activities. Grade level focuses include learning disabilities, blindness and visual impairment, living with autism, and hearing and communication differences.

Professional development opportunities for educators and presentations for families are also available to enrich programming.

“My students gained the knowledge and perspective of other kids who have a disability, and they became more aware of their actions and words towards other kids who might look or behave differently from them!” – Teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas School

For more information, contact our Director of Education, Erica Christie (erica@josephmaley.org).

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