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UNDERSTANDING DISABILITIES INC

  • Reading, MA
  • www.understandingdisabilities.org

Mission Statement

Understanding Disabilities provides disability awareness programming to help children see beyond people's disabilities and focus on the ways that we are all the same inside.

Main Programs

  1. Renewal and expansion of Disability Awareness Program

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Service Areas

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Massachusetts

We currently provide disability awareness programming in the Reading Public Schools, in Reading, MA. We are looking to expand our reach to neighboring communities in order to bring this vital program to more students.

ruling year

1997

Executive Director since 2015

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Karen Serevitch

Director of Curriculum Development since 2002

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Paula Tucci

Keywords

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Disability Awareness Education

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EIN

04-3373146

 Number

4075701518

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Renewal and expansion of Disability Awareness Program

We are working to renew and expand our disability awareness program. We are delighted to have piloted three lessons this spring with the remaining five on schedule for fall. The lessons are improved with effective material and methodologies, friendship activities, exposure to challenges people with disabilities face, insight to all that people with disabilities can do, and an empowering definition of disability: doing things a different way. A social and emotional curriculum threads through each lesson teaching children to accept and respect each other despite differences. Each lesson builds on the class before and explores increasingly sophisticated concepts to allow children to develop their own leadership in disability awareness.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

25,000

Service Areas

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Massachusetts

We currently provide disability awareness programming in the Reading Public Schools, in Reading, MA. We are looking to expand our reach to neighboring communities in order to bring this vital program to more students.

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UNDERSTANDING DISABILITIES INC

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Executive Director

Karen Serevitch

Director of Curriculum Development

Paula Tucci

BIO

Understanding Disabilities welcomed new Executive Director, Karen Serevitch, this fall. Karen has been a member of UD's board of directors for the past four years and a volunteer prior to that. She has been integral to many UD initiatives and is uniquely positioned to lead UD through continued disability awareness initiatives.

Mrs. Serevitch has lived in Reading for the past nine years with her family. She has three children, all of whom attend the Reading Public Schools. Her oldest is a part of the Developmental Learning Center in middle school for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She knows firsthand that all children benefit from the UD program. Her greatest reward is seeing the program working to its fullest, helping children gain awareness so they can understand each other's differences and treat each other with respect.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Karen Serevitch

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