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Community Agency Project

Documents
Project Overview (350KB) [download]
Trainee Introduction to Agency (309KB) [download]
Presentation Content (354KB) [download]
PowerPoint Poster Presentation Tip Sheet (169KB) [download]
Organization Presentation Evaluation (397KB) [download]

Briefly describe the activity and its purpose.

The purpose of the LEND Community Agency Project is for trainees to gain knowledge of programs that serve persons with disabilities and their families, and gain experience in interviewing and evaluating services.

While trainees interview community agencies, they are able to also practice their elevator speech about LEND and increase awareness of the New Mexico LEND program as a resource for the community. In turn, trainees learn more about the support services available, how agencies are funded, and how agencies evaluate their success. It is an opportunity for trainees to also gain exposure to different community agencies, include Title V partners.

Trainees are also encouraged to observe the physical settings of the interview for accessibility. This includes physical access, signs, seating available, and how the environment matches the clients they serve.

What are the expected learning outcomes for trainees?

Trainees will gain experience in the following things:

  • Select pertinent information available concerning a program and synthesize for others to use
  • Determine the most valuable information to share in a poster format
  • Develop a PowerPoint slide in poster format that provides adequate information
  • Present the information in a concise and clear manner to trainees
  • Evaluate their peers on their presentations

Briefly describe the positive impacts this activity has had on trainees.

Trainees have shared many positive impacts of the Community Agency Project. The activity is multifaceted, since they have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of community programs and their skills through interviewing, presentation, and providing information. Their presentations and posters are collected and posted online for trainees to view, leading to increased knowledge of community agencies.

At the end of the semester when trainees present their posters, trainees and faculty take the time to celebrate the semester's efforts of learning more about communities.

Briefly describe any lessons learned or challenges associated with implementing this activity.

The primary challenge is related to time. There is significant time required to identify a broad range of community programs (e.g. birth to three, kids with down syndrome, adults with autism, Title V programs, DD Councils), obtain their commitment to participate in an interview, and then match the program with a trainee.

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