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Capacity Building Institute, 2015: Sessions and Presentation Materials

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

9:45 - 11:00 am Concurrent Session 1

Session Description: Conference participants who attend this session will hear from key school and college partners who worked together to establish two successful inclusive dual enrollment programs- one at a 2-year community college and one at a 4 yr college. Speakers will include the MA statewide coordinator for Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) partnerships, two college liaisons who will talk about developing and sustaining dual enrollment partnerships, and a transition specialist and special education administrator who will talk about the benefits of including postsecondary education in students' transition services and IEP. This session is designed to be interactive and flexible for ongoing questions.
Presenters: Maria Paiewonsky, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston, Ty Hanson, Holyoke Community College, Lindsey Nunes, Westfield State University, Sherry Elander, Westfield Public Schools, Joyce Butler, formerly with South Hadley Public Schools, Glenn Gabbard, Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiatives, MA Executive Office of Education

Session Materials: Inclusive Dual Enrollment PPT handout 

Session Description: Today, in 2015, states are transforming their employment services and supports in recognition that everyone can work. Individualized, integrated, customized and community based employment is what we all desire. This session will provide an introduction to customized employment and discovery, tools that are truly changing the future for youth and young adults with disabilities. I hope that this interactive and engaging workshop will leave you yearning for more!
Presenter: Debbie Gilmer, Syntiro

Session Materials: Customized Employment
Session Description: College coursework has become increasingly more accessible to wider and more diverse learner community through strategies of Universal Design for Learning. However, for many students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, these efforts must be augmented with additional adaptations and support. This includes the modification of syllabi, course requirements/assignments, content adaptation and other tools/strategies to assure that outcomes related to essential knowledge and expected skills that yielded. This panel will discuss this critical area of inclusive college coursework for students with ID/DD and present needed research in this area.
Presenter: Jerry Petroff and Stuart Carroll, College of New Jersey

Session Materials: Making College Classes Accessible
Session Description: A challenge all college programs face is constructing a long term strategy for long term financial stability and sustainability.  Three TPSID projects that currently face the end of their federal funding will share their sustainability plans.  A number of strategies will be discussed to describe a variety of funding sources used by dual enrollment programs, community colleges and four-year institutions.  See how programs are “blending funding” from school districts, vocational rehabilitation, financial aid, scholarships, and any number of additional sources.
Presenters: Margo Izzo, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, Julie Jine, Highline College, Eric Folk, University of Hawaii

Session Materials: Life After Grant Funding

Session Description: This session will provide an update and projected outlook for federal policies impacting postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. Current information on and needed advocacy for TPSID and NCC appropriations will be highlighted. Administrators from University of North Carolina-Greensboro will discuss how related state agency education and coordination have  impacted the success of the UNCG program. UNCG will relate how an essential ingredient in sustainability for PSE programs in NC is the policy analysis and coordination work of the NC Postsecondary Education Alliance Policy Committee. Additionally, there will be discussion of  how appropriate legislative education at the state and federal levels has benefitted UNCG’s CTP program.
Presenters: Stephanie Lee, Disability Policy Expert and Consultant, Joan Johnson and Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Session Materials: 
Policy Grid
Advocacy Fact Sheet
Federal Policy Inclusive PSE PPT
State and Federal Policy PPT 

11:15 - 12:30 pm Concurrent Session 2

Session Description: Safety and security are important concerns for fully inclusive PSEs. While students should be given as much freedom and opportunity to exercise self-determination as possible, there is a need to be aware of potential threats and risks, and to mitigate against these. In this presentation, three tiers of security are discussed: 1) promoting a supportive college community; 2) addressing general safety and security needs of students with ID; and 3) addressing the unique needs of individual students with ID.
Presenters: David Westling and Kelly R. Kelley, Western Carolina University 

Session Materials: Safety and Security PPT
Session Description: What pathways already exist for inclusion on university campuses? How can those existing pathways be made clear and accessible for students with IDD and their advocates? Stanley (Bud) Buckhout and Diana (Dee) Katovitch will share how they seek to promote deeper inclusion at Syracuse University and lead a discussion about how other campuses can use existing resources to do the same.
Presenters: Stanley "Bud" Buckhout and Diana Katovich, Syracuse University

Session Materials: Inclusive Practice at Syracuse University
Session Description: Dan will share and discuss several of his films and talk about what it took to create them- from conception to funding to production and distribution. He will share strategies that others can use to create and use film to support and promote inclusive higher education.
Presenter: Dan Habib, University of NH

Session Materials: The Power of Video
Session Description: This session will highlight the importance of partnering with Vocational Rehabilitation Services as TPSID programs work to improve employment outcomes. Employment outcome data from the TPSID projects will be shared. It will explore ways to reinforce the collaboration for increased employment. This session will also feature the working partnerships in Kentucky between the Supported Higher Education Project and the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide vocational opportunities for students in Comprehensive Transition Programs at partner institutions. We will also discuss the authorized activities for Pre-Employment Transition Services found in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).
Presenters: Barry Whaley, University of Kentucky and Jean Updike, Indiana University

Session Materials: Inclusive Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Partnerships
Session Description: While dual enrollment transition services comprise 25% of existing postsecondary programs for students with ID, little research has been conducted to affirm the essential components of those services. The Think College Transition Model project is aimed at creating an evidenced based dual enrollment transition program for youth with ID and autism. Partnering with existing inclusive concurrent enrollment programs implemented by local colleges and Boston public schools, the TCT project compares dual enrollment experiences and outcomes with traditional transition services. This session will share the model development process, current implementation, and engage participants in a discussion on research strategies and challenges.
Presenters: Meg Grigal and Debra Hart, Think College, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston

Session Materials: Developing an Evidence Based Dual Enrollment Transition Model
Think College Transition Model

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Max Orland
Text of Max's speech
Video of Max's speech 

2:00 - 3:15 pm Concurrent Session 3

Session Description: Students with ID can be successfully included on a college campus through meaningful engagement in academic offerings and the social culture of student life on campus. Peer mentors can provide a natural form of support to cultivate an inclusive campus community, assisting peers and faculty while gaining valuable skills and making life-long friendships. Strategies for creating an inclusive campus community by tapping in to the valuable resource provided by peer mentors will be shared.
Presenter: Missy Jones, Northern Kentucky University

Session Materials: Mentoring
Session Description: College programs for students with intellectual disabilities provide a wealth of learning and experience, both in and out of the classroom. Program goals include building a career path leading to gainful employment. Employment skills are acquired through various avenues including career exploration, vocational internships, and national and community service and service learning experiences. Presenters will share strategies to engage students and show how the students’ participation in these experiences improves their overall vocational skills and outcomes.
Presenters: Bryan Dague, University of Vermont Center on Disability and Community Inclusion and Paula Sotnik, UMass Boston Institute for Community Inclusion

Session Materials: 
Engaging Students in Service and Work PPT
National Service Questions
National Service Answers
Session Description: This session will share the benefits of using emerging technologies and educational trends in secondary and postsecondary education by providing a plethora of examples of Web 2.0 tools and specific apps on mobile devices to enhance learning in TPSID programs. Success stories about student and programmatic use of these technologies will also be highlighted. 
Presenters: Lori Cooney, Institute for Community Inclusion UMass Boston

Session Materials: Using Technology
Session Description: This session will highlight advocacy for inclusive higher education that has been undertaken in Massachusetts as well as several states in the Southeast region of the US. Participants can expect to learn effective strategies for advocating with state legislators for both funding and recognition for inclusive higher education as they hear what approaches worked in several states.
Presenters: Tom Sannicandro, Massachusetts State legislator, Julia Landau, MA Advocates for Childrenand Daniel Crimmins, Georgia State University

Session Materials:
SEPSEA Legislative Advocacy Crimmins
Legislative Advocacy Sannicandro
Session Description: This session will feature discussion on several critical policies and practices that lead to high quality programs. Presenters will describe the connections and dependencies between program standards, credential development, data collection, evaluation and continuous improvement, and accreditation. Participants will be engaged in a discussion of how each of these important markers of quality inclusive higher education can be addressed in practice.
Presenters: Meg Grigal and Debra Hart, Think College, UMass Boston

Session Materials: Aspects of Quality Programs PPT
Quality Issues

3:30 - 4:45 pm Concurrent Session 4

Session Description: Residential living is a great vehicle for providing a full college experience and greater independence. While students gain a lot from their peers in inclusive class and work experiences, residential living adds a new level of independence. In this presentation, we will discuss: a) negotiation and liability concerns, b) benefits of living on campus, c) success stories of daily living skills, and d) safety precautions/emergency procedures for students with intellectual disabilities living in residential settings.
Presenters: Carole Carlson, Think College, Mary Price, Bridgewater State University, Kelly Kelley and Rebekah Norris, Western Carolina University

Session Materials:
Campus Residential Options
Campus Residential Options Norris
Session Description: The movement for real jobs is growing. States are implementing employment first policy and strategy. Updated federal Medicaid and workforce development policy clearly emphasize individual competitive employment outcomes, the importance of interagency collaboration, and early engagement in pre-employment transition services for youth. Join us to talk about where we are, the role of changing policy, and state and local approaches to supporting a employment as the first priority for working age adults.
Presenter: John Butterworth and Karen Flippo, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston

Session Materials:
PIE factsheet
Partnerships Project Model
Partnerships in Employment
Session Description: Program leaders from two colleges will provide practical, proven strategies for a course of study that is rigorous and results in a meaningful credential. An inclusive course of study does NOT rely on separate special classes, but rather uses the existing courses and other resources of the college. Specific strategies that will be shared include securing administrative support, using UDL to support course access, and aligning courses with employment outcomes.
Presenters: Laura Stazio and Wendy Willis, LA State University Health Sciences Center Human Developent Center, Susan Ryan, University of Vermont, Molly Boyle, Think College

Session Materials: Inclusive Course of Study
Session Description: This session will describe common policies and practices among postsecondary education programs for engaging family members of students with intellectual disabilities. Perspectives from family members will also be discussed and considered. In this engaging session, participants will share their knowledge and experiences in working together with parents and family members. Information on partnering with parent and disability groups will also be discussed.
Presenters: Sean Roy, PACER Center and Brian Freedman, University of Delaware

Session Materials: Parent Engagement
Selected TPSID projects will share results from research conducted with their programs.
Moderator: Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston
Panelists: Laura Eisenman, University of Delaware, Jo Hendrickson, University of Iowa REACH Program, Cindi May, College of Charleston and Martha Mock, University of Rochester

Session Materials: Research Panel PPT
Research Conducted by TPSID projects Bibliography