Mc Adam Mc Creedy Journey Of Inclusion

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Mc Adam Mc Creedy Journey Of Inclusion

  1. 1. Michigan Community Service Commission Statewide Inclusion Team Promotes and supports full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of national service programs through collaboration between individuals with disabilities; disability advocacy and service organizations; and Michigan's national service programs. Slide 1 © 2008 McCreedy, McAdam All rights reserved
  2. 2. Embracing the Talent and Diversity People with Disabilities People with disabilities bring unique life experiences and perspectives, both of which positively impact the diversity and quality of services provided by nonprofit organizations. Using a partnership with Michigan’s AmeriCorps as an example, this workshop will provide information about the benefits of inclusion, outreach strategies, and how to assure successful inclusion of people with disabilities in the organization. Slide 2 © 2008 McCreedy, McAdam All rights reserved
  3. 3. Our Fundamental Belief You will better achieve your organization’s mission when you have volunteers, service members, and staff members with disabilities. Purpose of this workshop You’ll discover some new ideas that may help you achieve more successful inclusion of people with disabilities in your organization. Slide 3 © 2008 McCreedy, McAdam All rights reserved
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  5. 5. Disability Culture- Dr. Carol Gill, U-Il, Chicago The elements of our culture include, certainly, our longstanding social oppression, but also our emerging art and humor, our piecing together of our history, our evolving language and symbols, our remarkably unified worldview, beliefs and values, and our strategies for surviving and thriving. Slide 5 © 2008 McCreedy, McAdam All rights reserved
  6. 6. Disability Culture- Alternative Core Values Dr. Carol Gill, U-Il, Chicago http://www.independentliving.org/docs3/gill1995.html quot;Values that undergird our political struggles, that are reflected in our art, conversations, goals and behaviors.” 1) An acceptance of human differences (e.g., physical, functional, racial, intellectual, economic/class). 2) A matter-of-fact orientation toward helping; an acceptance of human vulnerability and interdependence as part of life. 3) A tolerance for lack of resolution, for dealing with the unpredictable and living with unknowns or less-than-desired outcomes. 4) Disability humor - the ability to laugh at the oppressor and our own situations, to find something absurdly hilarious in almost anything, however dire. Slide 6 © 2008 McCreedy, McAdam All rights reserved
  7. 7. Disability Culture- Alternative Core Values Dr. Carol Gill, U-Il, Chicago http://www.independentliving.org/docs3/gill1995.html quot;Values that undergird our political struggles, that are reflected in our art, conversations, goals and behaviors.quot; 5) Skill in managing multiple problems, systems, technology and assistants. 6) A sophisticated future orientation; an ability to construct complex plans taking into account multiple contingencies and realistically anticipated obstacles. 7) A carefully honed capacity for closure in interpersonal communication; the ability to read others' attitudes and conflicts in order to sort out, fill in the gaps and grasp the latent meaning in contradictory social messages. 8) A flexible, adaptive approach to tasks; a creativity stimulated by both limited resources and experience with untraditional modes of operating. Slide 7 © 2008 McCreedy, McAdam All rights reserved
  8. 8. • Implicit biases are pervasive. • People are often unaware of their implicit biases. • Implicit biases predict behavior. • People differ in levels of implicit bias. – Implicit biases vary from person to person - for example as a function of the person’s group memberships, the dominance of a person’s membership group in society, consciously held attitudes, and the level of bias existing in the immediate environment. – This last observation makes clear that implicit attitudes are modified by experience. http://www.projectimplicit.net/generalinfo.php Slide 8 © 2008 McCreedy, McAdam All rights reserved
  9. 9. Diversity helps you achieve your mission 1. Organizations will be positively changed when people with disabilities are in all roles—volunteers, service members, staff, and leadership. 2. Increased success when organizations reflect the groups they are serving. 3. People with disabilities bring unique strengths, skills, and perspectives to the workplace, reflecting the core values of disability culture. 4. Disability pride developed in youth is a keystone to future success—is this important to your organization? Slide 9 © 2008 McCreedy, McAdam All rights reserved
  10. 10. Disability Outreach • Make the commitment • Think about your culture • Review descriptions of your service opportunities or jobs • Recruiting • Prepare for success • Disclosure, Accommodations, and Undisclosed Disabilities Learn as you go! Slide 10 © 2008 McCreedy, McAdam All rights reserved
  11. 11. Antoinette Adkins Downriver CARES AmeriCorps “My first challenge was to pick a placement that could accommodate me. Fortunately, there were many to choose from. With the help of a great program director, I was able meet the challenge head on and find incredible placements! I have enjoyed being a part of the AmeriCorps family. Serving adults with various severe mental illnesses - teaching them life skills - has increased my desire to go back to school to achieve my Ph.D. I have formed friendships I never expected, helping me to grow and learn about myself too! AmeriCorps is an experience I will never forget.” Slide 11 © 2008 McCreedy, McAdam All rights reserved
  12. 12. • Membership diversity training that includes disability issues promotes awareness - we need to move beyond awareness - interactive exercises are key. • Building community relationships are key for recruitment and ongoing support for members with disabilities, service teams, and management. • Awareness, values, and experiences are fluid, impacting each of us throughout the journey. • Vision - Members with disabilities make the commitment to service and move into organizational leadership. Slide 12 © 2008 McCreedy, McAdam All rights reserved
  13. 13. www.DiverseAbility.com Cathy McAdam and Ginger mcmcadam@comcast.net 313-563-1412 Kathy McCreedy kmmccreedy@chartermi.net 989-631-8867 Megan Sargent Training and Inclusion Coordinator Michigan Community Service Commission sargentm1@michigan.gov (517) 241-3494 MCSC Statewide Inclusion Team http://www.michigan.gov/mcsc/0,1607,7-137-8074_22503---,00.html Slide 13 © 2008 McCreedy, McAdam All rights reserved DiverseAbility is registered service mark of DiverseAbility LLC

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