*Information courtesy of drhallowell.com

*Information courtesy of karengaffneyfoundation.com



Jeff Bauman, who is recovering from double amputation resulting from the Boston Marathon bombing.   Mr. Bauman has released a memoir entitled Stronger in which "Jeff will inspire millions by writing about his experiences that early spring day and his ongoing mission to walk again."

Shonda Schilling, who spoke to us about her family’s journey with autism. She is the author of the book, "The Best Kind Of Different" which shares the story of their son’s Asperger’s Syndrome and how it changed their lives. Shonda has partnered with The Asperger's Association of New England (AANE) and Autism Speaks.

Karen Gaffney, who challenges conventional barriers we place on people with Down Syndrome.  She is the President of a non-profit organization dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion in families, schools, the workplace and the community for people with developmental disabilities.  She successfully swam the English Channel as part of a six-person relay team, and two years ago she swam 9-miles across Lake Tahoe.


UD created a speaker series to encourage thoughtfulness in the community in which our children grow and learn.

​Prior speakers include:​​

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Current Activities:


Apr 7     Star Gala

Mar 13   Just Talk About It


Dec 3      Moana Movie Fundraiser

Oct 16     Teal Pumpkin Painting

Sept 11    Jail & Bail 2016​​

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Understanding Disabilities depends on donations to meet our budget each year and continue our programming.

*Information courtesy of jeffbaumanstronger.com


Dr. Ned Hallowell, who spoke on finding the buried treasure in ADD/ADHD.   Dr. Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist, is a NY Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and leading authority in the field of ADHD.  He has authored eighteen books on various psychological topics, including attention deficit disorder, the power of the human connection, the childhood roots of happiness in life, methods of forgiving others, dealing with worry and managing excessive busyness.

2016/17 classes have started! 

We look forward to another great year of disability awareness classes. To volunteer to teach a class or assist in the classroom, please contact us.