About Our Programs

Let’s change attitudes and build understanding.

Classroom Programs

COVID-19 update for the 2020/21 school year:

Our classroom programs for grades 1-6 build sensitivity and understanding, reduce bullying, and help create more inclusive schools and communities. Click on the player button to the left to watch a short video.

To meet schools’ needs safely, we are offering a new program delivery method for the 2020/21 school year. Rather than visiting schools in person, we provide a ready-to-use, complete and comprehensive disabilities awareness and inclusion curriculum called Respecting ABILITIES. The curriculum package includes all supplies and materials that school counselors or teachers need to deliver the program within their own classrooms, including a comprehensive lesson plan/script for easy program delivery, video read-alouds and activities, and books and posters for each participating school.

The curriculum builds sensitivity and understanding, reduces bullying, and fosters more inclusive schools and communities. We anticipate that it will be ready by October 15, 2020. Click on the button below to learn more or to request a curriculum.

PLEASE NOTE: At this point we can only offer the curriculum to schools that have either hosted our classroom programs in the past or who were on our 2019/2020 wait list.

Programs for Parents

Thanks to a grant from The Bingham Trust, we now offer 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.”


“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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