At The Cromwell Center, we offer disabilities awareness, sensitivity, and anti-bullying programs for Maine elementary school students in grades one through six. Our programs build sensitivity and understanding, reduce bullying, and help create more inclusive schools and communities - at no cost to schools.Since 2004, we have reached 5,175 classrooms.
We work with one classroom at a time so that students can be involved and engaged in a way that larger groupings don’t allow. Because the programs are so participatory, the children are not only program recipients but also steer each session’s direction and drive the discussion based upon individual experiences and existing school and community dynamics.
The interactive, lively, hands-on activities allow 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.
The Cromwell Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.