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  1. You Are Not Alone! Strengthening Effectiveness through Collaboration AHEAD 2011 Conference July 2011 Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  2. Goals • To learn about the value of collaboration • To develop ways of cultivating professional connections • To facilitate the creation of a starter kit for building a supportive network Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  3. Explore Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  4. Explore

  5. Connect Getting Started 1. Host a meeting 2. Set a simple agenda Example: Introductions, share backgrounds, etc 3. What are your collaboration goals and objectives? • Sharing resources? • Discussing challenging cases? • Offering joint programming? • Finding common ground? • Common concerns? • What works/what doesn’t work? 4. Future planning • Prioritize Issues (choose low hanging fruit) • Logistics and housekeeping • How often will the group meet? Notes? Agenda? Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  6. Getting Down To Business Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  7. Share • Resources, knowledge and experiences • Professional connections (inside and outside Higher Ed.) • Confidential case consults-struggles/successes • Policies, procedures, and forms • Campus programming Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  8. Create Pool Your Ideas: To create joint guidelines • How do you help students prepare to study abroad? • How do you organize alternative textbook requests? • How do you help prepare students for internships? Coming Soon to a College Near You! • How do you help students take classes at other institutions? Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  9. Create Pool Your Ideas : To improve your own institutional practices • How do you help health providers give you the appropriate information? • How do you work with residence life to accommodate students? • How do you accommodate students with chronic medical issues (attendance)? Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  10. Getting Back to Basics Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  11. Educate Evaluate Needs Assess Resources Divide and Conquer Use the Group! Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  12. Influence • Teaching and Learning Conference • Study Abroad Program • Career/Placement Services • AHEAD National Conference Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  13. 7 Years Together • Colleges of the Fenway Administrative Point of Contact • Assistive Technology • ADAAA • Public Safety • Service Animals • Accessible Housing • Campus Accessibility • Grievance Procedure • Documentation guidelines • Autism Spectrum Disorders • Veteran Issues • Psychiatric Disabilities • Learning Management Systems Accessibility • Disability Awareness Programming • Teaching and Learning Conference • Mission Statement • Cross Registration Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  14. Lessons Learned • Create a mission statement • Prepare for shifts in group dynamics • Set realistic goals • Be flexible! • Establish limits and boundaries Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  15. Questions Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  16. Starter Kit Why? • How would collaborating help you? What? • What are your concerns/potential stumbling blocks? How? • What would your first agenda item be? • Make your contact plan Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011

  17. Notes Colleges of the Fenway Disability Services Providers, July 2011