Sometimes I think it is best to just stop talking and listen to the advocates with lived experience around us. That is what I am going to do for this blog today.
At the National Coordinating Center, we collect lots of data from TPSID projects. We use several methods to communicate the findings from these data with our general audiences.
“We should treat everyone according to the Golden Rule.” This is what we heard last summer on a call with students in inclusive college programs celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA.
Every year since 2011, the National Coordinating Center (NCC) has held a meeting for project directors and staff of the Transition Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability, or TPSIDs.
At the time of writing this, I have been at Think College for 12 weeks. I have been helping the dissemination team catch up on lingering tasks, adopting new responsibilities (monthly newsletter), and freeing up Rebecca Lazo, the knowledge translation manager, to concentrate on bigger projects like the NCC’s new Project Advisory Committee.
It’s summer! School is out, the weather is hot, vacation is calling. But did you know that there is still work you can be doing to help your inclusive college program? Just like you take a vacation over the summer, your legislators take a break from Washington, DC.
Almost twenty years ago, my daughter, Laura, was in her senior year of high school and asked me where she would go to college. Laura, who was born with Down syndrome, wanted and expected to go to college like her older brother and high school friends. At the time, there were only a few college options for students with intellectual disability (ID).
As a person with a disability, I was never taught how to speak up for myself. People assumed I would do what they wanted me to do. In the disability community, there’s a saying that people with disabilities take to heart: “nothing about us without us”.
Data allow us to see where we have been, an important role for these facts and figures. But perhaps more critically, data should help us to know where we are going.