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Facilitating Cross Campus Fireside Chats on Equal Access for Individuals with Disabilities

Facilitating Cross Campus Fireside Chats on Equal Access for Individuals with Disabilities

Includes a Live Web Event on 05/22/2024 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

Michael Eynon

Testing Coordinator

Sonoma State University

Michael Eynon joined Disability Services for Students during the summer of 2018 and has been involved at Sonoma State University (SSU) in some capacity since the fall of 2005. He is an SSU alumni, graduating with a B.A. in Psychology and Theatre Arts in 2010. Michael received his Master’s degree in December 2014 in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. While at SSU, Michael has worked as a summer mentor, student assistant, and outreach advisor for the pre-college TRIO program Academic Talent Search from 2007-2016. Michael served the TRIO Student Support Services program United for Success for the 2017-2018 academic year as a College Support Coach assisting first-generation, income eligible, and students with disabilities with time management, stress management, and other academic needs.

Michael is also a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) since June of 2018 though he does not provide therapy in his current role. Michael completed all of his practice hours working primarily with middle and high school students and their families in the Novato area of Marin County, CA. He enjoys advocating for educational access for students with disabilities and first generation and/or low-income students

The number of students with disabilities on college campuses is growing. They are often the largest minority on campus yet also the most overlooked and invisible. This program will explore the start to finish process of how to build a student panel so students with disabilities can effectively communicate their message to the entirety of campus. It will review the recruiting process and how to support students with disabilities in disclosing very personal material. The structure of the panel will be discussed and universal design will be accentuated to display how students have equal access to providing their responses. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss how this style of program could be implemented and leave the presentation with a handout of potential questions to ask a panel. How to market the panel discussion will also be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Learn to utilize case study video of disability student panel discussions to recreate program at participant’s own campus. 
2. Gain confidence in recruiting and preparing students with disabilities to speak on personal material.
3. Comprehend the difficulties that students with disabilities face at college campuses.

4.Engage students with disabilities on campus for this exciting opportunity

5. Understand methods of marketing panel to campus at large.

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