Teaching empathy.

Sparking friendships.

 
 
 

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Our Project

Co-founded by an educator and the parents of a child with disabilities, The Nora Project aims to normalize difference, demystify disability, and promote meaningful connections between students and their peers with disabilities. Our signature program is a yearlong empathy education project aligned to the Common Core standards for Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening, which uses inclusion as a tool to teach that everybody has a story. And it’s working! To see our preliminary impact data, check out this report by Evaluation for Change.

 
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A NORA PROJECT STUDENT

"It is a meaningful experience because kids like me get to learn about the challenges other kids face on a daily basis. We get to play with them, and it's REALLY fun!”

 
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A NORA PROJECT EDUCATOR

"The Nora Project has definitely impacted our classroom culture.  Empathy is brought up in regular conversations now and I can see an improvement in they way they solve disagreements with peers.  There is also a better understanding of students in our classroom who have special needs and I see the students being more helpful and kind to one another, especially if someone is struggling."

 
 
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PARENT OF A NORA FRIEND

“The Nora Project allowed Sam’s peers to get to know him better than they ever had before.  Students who had only seen Sam in the hallways talked to him and played with him for the first time. They realized how much they had in common with Sam, and it was exciting to see them begin to understand why he may act differently sometimes. but what really was special was how they really saw Sam as a friend and 5th grader just like them.”

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Our Locations

For the 2018-2019 school year, The Nora Project will be taught in thirty schools throughout Chicagoland (see graphic). Schools will also be participating in Georgia and Maryland. More than 100 educators, 1,500 students, and 150 children with disabilities and their families will participate. Whether as a teacher, Nora Friend, or volunteer, we’d love for you join us!