Perspectives On Social Networking


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Insights into understanding the ways that youth can use social networking and web based resources to help them make sense of their own disability and how they communicate to people around them.

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  • “Centers for Independent Living create opportunities in three basic ways. First, we work with individuals on their goals. We help them identify options and make good decisions. We provide advocacy, training, and support through paid staff, as well as peer mentors. Second, Centers provide a vast array of information to people with disabilities, their families, and the general public. I asked our information and referral staff what people call about most. They said people simply want to know what services are out there. They also may ask about specific programs, equipment, accessibility issues, civil rights, or many other things. Centers also provide a great deal of information through workshops, outreach activities, and through things like access consulting. Third, Centers are involved in what we call systems change. We have worked on things like Social Security work incentives, the ADA, transportation and housing issues. Through these activities, we are helping build a society that is more “user friendly” for people with disabilities.” Nate Aalgaard, Executive Director
  • Perspectives On Social Networking

    1. 1. Perspectives On Social Networking Providing Information For Youth To Use, Everyday
    2. 2. An Overview <ul><li>About Me </li></ul><ul><li>About MCIL </li></ul><ul><li>Making Connections with Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding in New Directions </li></ul><ul><li>Closing Thoughts </li></ul>
    3. 3. Working with people with disabilities in fulfilling their desire to lead productive self-determined lives.
    4. 4. MCIL Facts <ul><li>Advocacy-based, information center </li></ul><ul><li>Any disability, any age </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal Paper Pushing </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer control = IL Philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>All information is available @ </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>No housing on-site… but much more </li></ul>
    5. 5. Core Services <ul><li>Information, Referral & Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Individual & Systems Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Living Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Mentor Program </li></ul>
    6. 6. Additional Services <ul><li>Transition Program </li></ul><ul><li>Ramp Program </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Assistant Services </li></ul><ul><li>Relocation Services </li></ul><ul><li>Support Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Community Workshops </li></ul>
    7. 7. Youth Transition Program <ul><li>Information & Referral </li></ul><ul><li>IEP Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Student Services—ILP 1:1 </li></ul><ul><li>Technology & Transition Training </li></ul><ul><li>Online Discussion Forum </li></ul>
    8. 8. Social Networking Investigated <ul><li>What can we offer? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we know? </li></ul><ul><li>Who will young people listen to? </li></ul><ul><li>How can community be built? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we get them to be active? </li></ul>
    9. 9. Capturing Youth Interest <ul><li>What do you do for fun? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is there with you? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you participate within your community? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your goals in the next few years? </li></ul><ul><li>What are steps you are taking now to complete those goals? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Events Geared toward Youth <ul><li>Opening our doors </li></ul><ul><li>People are aware of what we offer </li></ul><ul><li>Getting the people there consistently </li></ul><ul><li>Names Matter </li></ul>
    11. 11. What About Peer Mentoring <ul><li>Mentors share </li></ul><ul><ul><li>time, skills, experience, knowledge and resources with a mentee who wishes to gain skills, info or learn techniques to navigate barriers in his/her life in order to live more independently. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A “team” is created when mentor's skills match a mentee’s goal (s). </li></ul><ul><li>The two individuals work together to accomplish the mentee’s specific goals. </li></ul><ul><li>What does a team work on? </li></ul><ul><li>personal growth/self help </li></ul><ul><li>social recreation </li></ul><ul><li>education training/technology </li></ul><ul><li>transportation/mobility </li></ul><ul><li>finances/benefits </li></ul><ul><li>communication/social skills </li></ul><ul><li>consumer/legal rights </li></ul><ul><li>daily living/housing </li></ul><ul><li>employment </li></ul><ul><li>health care/nutrition </li></ul>
    12. 12. Transition Focused Outreach <ul><li>Taking Information To Them </li></ul><ul><li>Off-site Advocacy Training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Forum Presentation, Disability Disclosure, What is Transition, Using Your IEP, College Bound Decisions, Breaking Down Self-Advocacy, Using Soft Skills, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell Us and We Can Create A Presentation Your Need </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. The Web Based Forum <ul><li>A web based place where people can come to talk about transition related issues </li></ul><ul><li>Access to resources and questions in an informative attempt to solve problems and influence people </li></ul><ul><li>Getting people involved in their education, and their community, and their lives. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Virtual IL Services <ul><li>IL philosophy remains </li></ul><ul><li>More accessible approach </li></ul><ul><li>Allows consumers to gather info & “act” on their own </li></ul><ul><li>Practiced in Arizona @ CyberCil </li></ul>
    15. 15. Initial Forum Ideas <ul><li>What is Transition? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I get started? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the timeline? </li></ul><ul><li>What are my big issues in transition? </li></ul><ul><li>Does transition take place at different times for different people? </li></ul><ul><li>How many role models do I have that have been through transition? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the new things in transition that I should know about? </li></ul>
    16. 16. Forum Activity Today <ul><li>92 Topics with 380 Postings! </li></ul><ul><li>Topics contain polls, video links and amazing dialogue! </li></ul><ul><li>A commitment to this has shown people helping other people! </li></ul><ul><li>Overall Website User numbers equal 350! </li></ul>
    17. 17. Demonstration <ul><li>Getting there: </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the FORUM tab </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the Categories tab </li></ul><ul><li>Browse what you are interested in </li></ul><ul><li>Register yourself! </li></ul>
    18. 18. Top 5 Posts to Date: <ul><li>Finding Employment: 2966 Views </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation and Leisure: 2943 Views </li></ul><ul><li>Disability Awareness: 2416 Views </li></ul><ul><li>Talking About Relationships: 1612 Views </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers and Strategies to Self-Advocacy: 1491 Views </li></ul>
    19. 19. Posts On The Rise <ul><li>What is a Mentor?: 1070 Views </li></ul><ul><li>Social Website Issues: 597 Views </li></ul><ul><li>Disability In Popular Culture: 1199 Views </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of Bullying Today: 777 Views </li></ul>
    20. 20. Other Online Tools <ul><li>Virtual IL Services - </li></ul><ul><li>ILRU - http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>NYLN - / </li></ul><ul><li>With-tv - / </li></ul><ul><li>C3 - </li></ul><ul><li>Youtube - </li></ul>
    21. 21. Where Are We Going? <ul><li>Video Capability? </li></ul><ul><li>Better Ways to Track Usage </li></ul><ul><li>More Presentations on How to Use It around the State and Metro! </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating with other CILS to increase the flow of information! </li></ul>
    22. 22. Closing Thoughts <ul><li>Make a connection with them first </li></ul><ul><li>Inquire about them </li></ul><ul><li>Remember they Listen </li></ul><ul><li>Planting Seeds is our role </li></ul><ul><li>Be there when they ask </li></ul><ul><li>Provide useful information </li></ul>
    23. 23. How about from You? <ul><li>Questions & Comments…. </li></ul><ul><li>Scathing Rebuttal….. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Contact Us… <ul><li>Metropolitan Center for Independent Living </li></ul><ul><li>1600 University Ave. W. #16 </li></ul><ul><li>St. Paul, MN 55104 </li></ul><ul><li>651-646-8342 </li></ul><ul><li>651-603-2001 – TTY </li></ul><ul><li>651-603-2006 – Fax </li></ul><ul><li>Nick Wilkie ~ Transition Specialist, </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] or 651.603.2018 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>