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Avenues to Understanding

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Welcome to Easter Seals Wisconsin's Avenues to Understanding, a free disability awareness educational program for children and young adults designed to increase awareness of people with disabilities in order to promote acceptance and end bullying. Avenues to Understanding is available at no charge to public and private schools, early childhood programs and faith and community based organizations throughout Wisconsin. Free presentations on the curriculum and disabilities are also available in the South-central Wisconsin area by a trained AmeriCorps member. To learn more about sharing Avenues to Understanding in your classroom or youth group, please click on the link above or .

The materials presented here are designed in part to support educators using the Avenues to Understanding curriculum. They are also meant to be helpful to parents talking to their children about disabilities, and to others who would like to increase their general knowledge about disabilities or who would like to know more about inclusiveness.

The tendency to fear or avoid those who are different is understandable and in extreme cases can lead to prejudices, harassment or even bullying. Because people with disabilities are often viewed as 'different' we at Easter Seals Wisconsin believe disability awareness education is important in order to prevent such misunderstandings from taking place. By developing positive attitudes towards people with disabilities we hope to create an environment of dignity, respect and opportunity for all.

We hope you will join us in presenting these important life lessons to young people across Wisconsin. We also believe that you will find the materials presented helpful and informative. Please with any feedback, your input and suggestions are welcome. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Q & A: The most common questions kids ask people with disabilities

Understanding Disabilities

The Language of Disability

Disability Related Quizzes

Suggested Reading

Share Your Thoughts

Throughout the Avenues to Understanding web pages, you may find links to outside web pages. Links to organizations outside Easter Seals Wisconsin are included for information only. Easter Seals Wisconsin has no control over the information at these sites. The views and opinions of these organizations are not necessarily those of Easter Seals Wisconsin.