What is and MDA Hop-A-Thon

The MDA Hop-a-Thon is a disability awareness, acceptance and education program that teaches children three core values of Awareness, Acceptance and Assistance.

Find out more about the MDA five-day curriculum on how to organize an MDA disability awareness program and Hop-a-Thon at your school.

To learn more about the MDA Hop-a-Thon disability awareness program, contact your local MDA office or e-mail us at mdahops@mdausa.org

For Teachers and Schools

" I absolutely love helping MDA because they supply our school with a wonderful curriculum that teaches our children about children with disabilities.  This is my main reason for choosing this fundraiser—along with the fact that all the money raised goes to help children in our area with a form of muscular dystrophy.

 I hope that everyone can find it in their hearts to help this wonderful cause.  Remember, even in these trying times, families need support for medical and emotional care.  We hope you too will participate in the MDA Hop-a-Thon ."

-Lisa Robb,
Kensington School


The MDA Hop-a-Thon is a disability awareness and educational program that helps teach children the three core values of Awareness, Acceptance and Assistance to others. All Hop-a-thon materials are free to teachers and schools.

Teachers can download a free Hop-a-Thon Teacher’s Guide which includes a five-day complete lesson plan on disability awareness and acceptance, and additional resources for teaching children about disabilities and the importance of helping others.

Hop-a-Thon Lessons

The Hop-a-Thon lesson plans offer schools a great way to generate positive publicity about the school and community, and to educate the public on disability awareness and diversity.

The five-day Hop-a-Thon lesson plan includes:

  • Teaching children and their parents about muscles, and physical differences and abilities between all people.
  • Helping children learn about diversity and accepting all kinds of people and disabilities.
  • Providing children with a hands-on approach to the importance of helping others.
  • Teaching children a fun, new activity to give them a keen sense of pride and accomplishment.

Hop-a-thon Teacher's Guide

Other FREE Hop-a-Thon Materials

Everybody's Different, Nobody's Perfect brochure that helps children better understand how to accept others.
(to read aloud to class)

MDA Hopper sticker and Thank You Certificate for each
Hop collection envelopes stuffed for kids to collect funds to help
Flip Flop Hop Book for
children to take home and share with their families

Downloads and Handouts for Teachers

Hop-a-Thon Handouts & Worksheets
  • Disablity Awareness Checklist
  • Scavenger Hunt