Disabilities Awareness & Inclusion Programs for Maine Students in Grades 1 – 6

The problem

School can be difficult for children who don’t fit in, who don’t look like everyone else, who learn differently, or who can’t keep up in schoolwork, sports, or social situations. These kids are often excluded, teased, or bullied.

The solution

We are changing this.

Our classroom programs for grades 1-6 build sensitivity and understanding, reduce bullying, and help create more inclusive schools and communities.

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 free, ready-to-use, complete and comprehensive disabilities awareness and inclusion curriculum called Respecting ABILITIES.

Our Respecting ABILITIES curriculum for grades 1-6 includes everything school counselors and teachers need to deliver Cromwell Center awareness and inclusion content in their own classrooms within social distancing limits:

  • A comprehensive, detailed, scripted lesson plan for each grade
  • All supplies and materials needed to carry out the activities
  • Video book-readings and video activities
  • Books and posters for each school
  • Follow up activities and resources for families
  • Resources and information for educators

The curriculum allows children to:

  • Understand that disabilities are an aspect of human diversity and do not define a person
  • Break down stereotypes about differences and similarities
  • Explore the power of unkind words, exclusion, and bias
  • Identify and role play solutions to disability-related mistreatment and bullying
  • Practice empathy and inclusion.

Check out our full list of schools served since our programs began in 2004.

Impact Since 2004

2016 72000 children
2014 57000 children
2010 33000 children
2006 10000 children
2004 3000 children

The results?

By changing attitudes early, we build empathy and understanding, and safer, more inclusive classrooms for everyone. Since 2004, students in almost 6,000 classrooms have heard our message that all differences are entitled to respect and that our similarities far outweigh our differences.

Grade by Grade

  • Grade 1 – Setting the stage: a read-aloud introduction to disabilities awareness
  • Grade 2 – It’s OK to be different
  • Grade 3 – We’re all OK: Respecting differences and celebrating strengths
  • Grade 4 – How would YOU feel? Hidden challenges, inclusion, and sensitivity
  • Grade 5 – We all do things differently: The importance of strategies and the power of our words
  • Grade 6 – Just kidding vs. bullying, human commonalities, respect, and inclusion

Order the Curriculum

Please fill out our curriculum request form and we will get back to you promptly

Curriculum Request