About Our Programs

Let’s change attitudes and build understanding.

Classroom Programs

We offer free disabilities awareness and sensitivity programs for southern and central Maine elementary school students. Our programs build sensitivity and understanding, reduce bullying, and help create more inclusive schools and communities. Click on the button below to learn more or to request a program.

Programs for Parents

Thanks to a grant from The Bingham Trust, we now offer free programs for parents/families in elementary schools in southern and central Maine. These interactive sessions can be hosted by the PTO/PTA or directly by the school.
"Great presentation. Should be required for ALL parents!”
Parent, South Portland
"Thank you to The Cromwell Center for this wonderful parent engagement opportunity. Program leaders Heidi and Dede were a perfect pair for this important work. So valued and appreciated.”
Rick Dedek, Principal, Woodside School, Topsham
“Thank you very much! We are often aware that we should be respectful and use the correct language butn not always sure how to do it and how to guide our kids.”
Parent, South Portland
“I used to think that I was way different from those with disabilities, but now I know we’re all different in our own special way.”
3rd grade student
“At first I didn’t know what you were doing, but then it hit me. I knew what you were talking about and it made me feel good about my brother and his autism without feeling bad or embarrassed, so it truly made me feel better that I could talk about this.”
Your friend, Kaitlyn, student
“You taught me about things that might happen so I’d know what to do if it occurred. Disabilities have nothing to do with the person and who they really are. If somebody ever asked me if we should bully somebody I would say NO!"
Justin, student
"I really got your message… I have a disability which is ADHD. I stand up for people with disabilities like autism."
-KW, student
“Now I am going to spread the word about not to bully people, and if a person has no one to sit with or they ask me, I will tell my friends that I am sitting with him or her.”
Your friend, Matthew, student
“My uncle had mental retardation and my cousin has Down syndrome, so it touched my heart to hear your stories. You have inspired me to stand up for one another and not prejudge people by the way they look and act.”
Allison, student
“My daughter attended your school training program and was able to express her thoughts about her brother who has autism. This is a big step for children at this age to speak freely about a sibling’s disability.”
Parent
“Can’t wait to have you back next year! Wonderful support for my bullying prevention curriculum.”
School Counselor, Dora L. Small Elementary, South Portland
“Great program!! It should be mandatory for all schools.”
Nurse, Readfield Elementary School
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