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					  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!