P2P is a new initiative through the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University. P2P will match up a diverse group of SU students to learn from and support each other in order to make the most of their experience at SU.
Three big ideas • Disability is not a dirty word • Everyone needs and uses natural supports • Culture changes through relationships
What is an intellectual/ developmental disability? • A disability that occurs before the age of 21 • Impacts the ability of a person’s brain to learn, think, solve problems, and make sense of the world (called IQ or intellectual functioning); and • Impacts the skills a person needs to manage day to day life (called adaptive behavior, or adaptive functioning). • Can include Down Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, etc.
Natural supports We all need them; we all use them!
So, who are all these people? • The OnCampus and Access partners have staff people (T.A.s or mentors) who come with them to class, help with notes and studying, transportation, etc.
partners? So, why do we need peer partners? • * Peers are cool! • * Peers are at the same developmental • level (learning to be adults) • * Peers are flexible – can get together • in the evenings, on weekends, etc. • * Peers know best how to be a college • students. • * Peers are great at providing naturasupports. natural supports!
Ideas for activities • Meet for coffee or lunch • Meet at the library to study • Meet at Schine Student Center • Become Facebook “friends” • Go to the gym • Attend social events with other partners (P2P listserv) • Take a walk around campus and find a new building • Find on campus events to attend (art shows, concerts, movies) • Shopping!
Communication • Make sure you and your partner have a plan to communicate (text, email, phone calls) about when and where you will meet. Include staff information contact information, if necessary. • Discuss common interests! • If you partner does not speak easily…use “yes” and “no” questions, multiple choice, use typing or writing. • Don’t worry if there is some silence- some partners are more comfortable with that!
Agghh! What do I do? • Disability conversation – to have or not to have! • SPE 311 log sheets – have your partner sign off! • Be honest about discomforts – how much communication, how much contact, etc. • Problem solving- Is it safety, needing creativity, or N.M.B.? • Please contact us!
Cultures in need of change include: Colleges and universities Businesses Government Communities (Most cultural change occurs when people have a personal connection to an excluded group)
Listen to the voice of experience and pride http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wunHDfZFxXw
Dee Katovitch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text 315-406-6945 • Micah Fialka-Feldman (email@example.com) or text 248-376-6556 • Taylor Janney (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text 240-401-6415 • Angel Winston (email@example.com) or text 857-928-1351 • Or stop by Room 111 in the Hoople Building.