The PEARLS Project
This groundbreaking educational program invites K-12 students, teachers, and healthcare providers to learn about the real life experiences of individuals and their families living with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral differences.
Audience participants are introduced to a photo exhibition of people living with difference (PEARLS Ambassadors), which then comes alive, as the children, adults and families from the photographs, blog about their lives and experiences through a password protected, online forum. The POSITIVE EXPOSURE team approves all posts.
As the audiences access the blogs, videos and images and ask questions of PEARLS Ambassadors, correlating units of study, lesson plans and classroom projects are implemented. Curriculum materials are available via an online archive while new ideas are always welcome. Positive Exposure support staff works closely with schools/organizations to adapt the PEARLS Project to meet site-specific needs and invites sites to have their activities shared worldwide through the organizations online archive.
Whether used in the classroom with students or as a professional development tool, lives are enriched and changed as the audiences gain a deeper understanding and respect for human diversity. Concurrently, the individuals and their families living with difference are empowered to become self-advocates and use their unique voices to foster positive change.
To gain access with a username/password to a sample PEARLS Project platform page, please contact:
Liz Grossman, Program Director