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2016-2021 Strategic Plan

The vision of New York State Disability Service Council (NYSDSC) is to provide professional expertise within disability service in higher education in New York State while proactively facilitating change for the benefit of the disability community in higher education.

The core values of the New York State Disability Service Council reside in our deep regard for diversity and inclusion. We believe in enhancing the professional community that we serve through advocacy and professional development with specific focus on leadership, accommodation management, and assistive technology, via state-wide collaborations and initiatives. As an official state affiliate of the Association of Higher Education and Disability, the NYSDSC proudly endorses the values and mission of AHEAD.

The proposed mission of NYSDSC is to:

  • strengthen the professional knowledge and expertise of the membership
  • be a resource for affiliated campus communities
  • advocate for the equity and dignity of students with disabilities in New York State
  • address current and emerging issues with respect to disability, education, and accessibility
  • facilitate communication for system change and universal access

 
Areas of Strategic Planning

One: Access and Technology

Goal

In order to meet the NYSDSC mission of “dynamically addressing current and emerging issues” NYSDSC will promote activities that increase access to technology for students with disabilities at our affiliated institutions.

Objectives

  • Develop NYSDSC Access and Technology best practices in the area of assistive technology, 3rd party vendor purchasing, (VPATs), (e.g. ASL interpreting, state contracts for services).
  • NYSDSC will review the current Reader’s Aid legislation as it impacts affiliate members and advocate for program changes that will benefit our students.
  • Provide ongoing education for the NYSDSC members on how to evaluate emerging technology for accessibility.
  • Centralize state-wide efforts for access and technology through the NYSDSC website.


Two: Professional Development

Goal

In order to meet the NYSDSC mission to “strengthen the professional knowledge and expertise of the membership”, the NYSDSC will solicit members to join a task force to perform a needs assessment for professional development within the organization.

Objectives

  • Develop an assessment tool and disseminate among members.
  • Analyze data gathered by the assessment tool and report information to membership at the annual June conference and post on the NYSDSC website.
  • The NYSDSC will solicit members to join a task force to research trainings and/or webinars to support the needs as determined by the organization. For example: looking into resources such as AHEAD webinars, Salome Hayward and other training opportunities for the council members.
  • The NYSDSC will solicit members to join a task force to research and determine funding for trainings each year to make sure the training program is sustainable.
  • The NYSDSC will solicit members to join a task force to establish a timeline for the launch of a training program using various formats to be inclusive of all members.


Three: Faculty Colleague-to-Colleague Collaboration

Goal

To meet the NYSDSC mission of being a “resource to campus communities,” the NYSDSC will build a collaborative, comprehensive, and sustainable program of colleague-to-colleague development opportunities for faculty and disability service providers that will provide professional development opportunities regarding the teaching of students with disabilities in higher education Institutions. The program will hereinafter be referred to as the CCS (collaborative, comprehensive, and sustainable) Program. This will be accomplished by the close of the 2020-2021academic year. This will also be provided through the members only section of the NYSDSC website.

Objectives:

  • The NYSDSC will solicit members to join a task force is to develop the timeline, and then every year thereafter pick up a part of the timeline so that after each year the development of the program is in place. This provides opportunities for one-year involvement.
  • To develop a Timeline which will delineate the annual intermediate goals of creating the CCS Program of colleague-to-colleague development opportunities will result in the creation of the CCS Program for professional development by the close of the 2020-2021 academic year. (Use of surveys, focus groups)
  • Creation of resources and materials for the parts of the CCS Program that are developed by the task force each year.
  • Post quarterly progress updates to the Members Only section of the NYSDSC webpage
  • Identification of NYSDSC responsibility for sustaining the CCS Program.
  • The task force members will present an update of the CCS Program at each NYSDSC annual June conference for the duration of this Strategic Plan.
  • At the November NYSDSC meeting in November 2021, the task force members will present an overview of the entire 4-part CCS Program of colleague-to-colleague development opportunities for faculty and disability service providers that will provide professional development opportunities regarding the teaching of students with disabilities in higher education Institutions.
  • Launch of the full CCS Program will take place in November 2021


Four: Leadership

Goal

To meet the NYSDSC mission of “actively advocating for the equity and dignity of students with disabilities in New York State”, and to develop and foster working relationships with agencies and organizations in New York and at the national level to enhance educational opportunities for our diverse and emerging student populations.

Objectives:

  • Define NYSDSC current relationships and future needs with the New York State education department and New York State and federal congressional and legislative committees. Strategize other key relationships that need further development (e.g. Access-VR,OPWDD, CBVH, LDA Parent orgs, AHEAD)
  • Create annual plan of action for developing relationships
  • Identify any necessary legislative action on an annual basis.
  • Assign responsibilities within the NYSDSC membership to address the action plans noted above, inviting our students with disabilities when possible.

Goal

To meet the NYSDSC mission of “facilitate communications for systemic change for universal access”, the NYSDSC will develop and foster relationships with the administration of member postsecondary institutions to enhance the educational opportunities for our diverse and emerging student populations.

Objectives

  • Identify key NYSED personnel who will take responsibility for posting HEDS data following completion and submission of the annual HEDS report by our college campuses.
  • Evaluate the HEDS data and develop a common presentation and provide information to the administration at member colleges across the state.
  • Train NYSDSC members to read HEDS data and develop individualized reports pertinent to their institutions.

Goal

To meet the NYSDSC mission to “be a resource” and “dynamically address current and emerging issues with respect to disability, education, and accessibility”, develop a cohort of NYSDSC members with the expertise to conduct disability program review for our member campuses.

Objective:

  • Create program review documents (e.g. CAS or develop our own unique NYSDSC document)
  • Identify and train program evaluators
  • Initiate evaluation program
  • Compile data
  • Disseminate statewide.
  • Be a resource for affiliated NYSDSC campus communities by preparing best practices which includes recommendation for caseloads, staffing, and other campus responsibilities.

Five: Diversity

Goal

In order to meet the NYSDSC mission to “dynamically address current and emerging issues with respect to disability, education, and accessibility”, the NYSDSC will develop materials that will showcase disability as part of diversity on our affiliated campuses.

Objectives:

  • Develop and distribute training materials on UDL principles which supports the diversity of our learners on our affiliated campuses
  • Collect stories from our student regarding their perspectives on disability and diversity to be posted to the NYSDSC website


Six: Advocacy

Goal

In order to meet the NYSDSC mission to “facilitate communication for system change and universal access”, NYSDSC will increase awareness of the needs of students with disabilities at our affiliated institutions in order to build understanding that providing access is an Institutional responsibility.

Objectives:

  • Educate students in articulating needs
  • Create assessments that will gather quality data
  • Identify existing higher education student-led advocacy groups on our affiliated campuses
  • Explore supporting a statewide higher education student-led disability advocacy group
  •  Develop and continue collaboration with advocacy groups for individuals with disabilities in NYS which impact students in higher education (e.g. NYSED Advisory Council for Students with Disabilities in Post-Secondary Education)





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