Understanding Differences at Del Mar Heights

Understanding Differences is a unique, award winning disability awareness program created and developed at Del Mar Heights in 2005. This school wide program teaches students empathy and understanding through participation in science lessons, simulation exercises, and interactions with guest speakers. Each year, throughout January, the Del Mar Heights community participates in a variety of activities designed to foster tolerance. Understanding Differences is supported by the staff and PTA, over 75 parent volunteers, UCSD undergraduate psychology volunteers as well as by multiple community volunteers with disabilities.  This program was honored by the North Coastal Council PTA with a Program Award of Excellence and has been awarded the California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award.
 Golden Bell Award
 Understanding Differences Photos
 Motor: Kindergarten and Fourth Grade
 Hearing: Second Grade
 Vision: First and Third Grades
Health and Fitness: Fifth Grade
 Cognition and Communication: Sixth Grade
 Community Partners and Links
First Grade  
“Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

~ Albert Einstein