Understanding Our Differences

Understanding Our Differences (UOD) is a nationally recognized, educational program that teaches elementary school children to develop understanding and respect for fellow students and others with physical, sensory or developmental disabilities. UOD is an interactive disability awareness curriculum that North Andover Elementary Schools teach to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Each year students participate in 2 sessions introducing various kinds of disabilities. The programs’ goals are to foster respect, acceptance and compassion for people of all abilities as well as increase tolerance and reduce bullying. It reinforces North Andover’s RAISE values.

More information about Understanding Our Differences

The UOD Program is made possible by the North Andover Parent Advisory Council (NAPAC) and the North Andover Public Schools. Volunteers are needed for this special program. Your child does not need to be in the class for you to volunteer, anyone can sign-up. This is a fun and rewarding program for both students and parents.


There is a 20 minute online training session for all volunteers. Volunteers must have a current CORI on file with the elementary schools.

Want to speak at a program about your disability? Contact NAPAC at: uodofna@gmail.com

"Youth Centered" Podcast Featuring UOD
Rick Gorman interviews Maureen Ryan and Heidi Watters about the Understanding our Differences program in North Andover Public Schools.