Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in College and University-Sponsored Activities Jennifer Dunn National Educational Association of Disabled Students Outline Project Team Project Objectives Phase I Activities Phase I Results Phase II Activities Phase II Preliminary results Training material Project Team Core Team Advisory Committee Chris Gaulin Alison Beattie Jennison Asuncion Lena Cook Jennifer Dunn Jennifer Finlay Frank Smith Partners Canadian Federation of Students Canadian Organization of Campus Activities Project Objectives Determine how accessible extra-curricular activities are for students with disabilities Outline specific barriers Distribute surveys to campus programmers and students with disabilities Create a training package for campus programmers Develop Best Practices Benefits of Participating in Extra- Curricular Activities Promotes personal growth in areas such as leadership, team building, etc. Encourages health and wellness Builds and grows social and professional network Benefits of Participating in Extra- Curricular Activities Introduces or improves skills Promotes a sense of belonging Allows for exploration of personal interests Leads to increased commitment to school and academic achievement Phase I Questionnaire sent to campus programmers nation-wide May 31st – June 30th, 2004 Survey asked questions regarding activity planning and accessibility Focus group with campus programmers Focus Groups - Saskatchewan Described most popular activities Orientation Intramurals Sports events Programmers assume activities are inherently accessible since venues are Deal with accessibility issues on case-by-case basis Phase I Results Popular 88% stated that most or allactivities: Orientation, Sports facilities are accessible events, pub events Many SU for 58% have access to funding willing to make accommodations if they know making activities accessible needed what’s Only 39% stated that accomdations 72% do not have barriers to making were addressed when planning activities more accessible student elections Practical Tips Provide event material in alternative formats Advertise using a variety of methods Sensitivity training for the leaders of clubs/organizations Include students with disabilities in planning and running events Make sure location and washrooms are accessible Phase II Survey distributed to students with disabilities Currently in progress Distributed through student union offices and electronically Asks about participation in extra-curricular activities Preliminary Results - Barriers Lack of time Not interested in activities Interpretation not available Older building not accessible Transportation barriers Training Workshop Individuals met to discuss how to make activities more accessible Discussed campus programmers’ perspective on making activities accessible Examined best practices for inclusion of all students Next Steps - Training Package Online and offline packages made available to campus programmers Will include: Accessible Checklists for activities/events Best practices from across Canada Ideas for promoting accessible activities Etc. You can find the survey at… www.neads.ca/inclusionsurvey2 Or contact 1-877-670-1256 Thank you, and enjoy the conference!
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