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Leadership Studio '15 - Team 18

Leadership Studio '15 - Team 18

Leadership Studio '15 - Team 18 in DFA Leadership Studio 2015

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Joseph Weed

Exploration EDU - PITCH!

Mailing a letter, going to the bank, and shopping at a grocery store are everyday experiences that we often take for granted. Individuals with Down Syndrome rarely get the opportunity to perform these tasks as they are often taught out of context and in isolation.

Exploration EDU is an engaging activity for individuals with Down Syndrome and their caregivers to learn life skills and experience their communities.

Caregivers create a customized adventure in the form of a passport. The team then travels to places throughout the community to learn and perform tasks and receive rewards with each task completed. These rewards accumulate, ultimately leading to a certificate of achievement.

Every individual with Down Syndrome should have the chance to perform tasks in the community with a sense of confidence and pride. Exploration EDU gives them this opportunity.

3 years ago ·

Lauren Elyse Shields

Not sure if anyone has arranged interviews yet, but a good friend of mine from high school is an early child development graduate from Illinois State and currently a nanny for a young boy with Down syndrome. She said she'd be happy to talk with us!

3 years ago ·

Samantha Tatar

Hey guys, we should probably try to narrow in on a focus and get some preliminary research done. I just looked over the suggested dates for completing some of this, and we're several weeks behind.

Just from the program that Mallory addressed (it sounds like a good resource and point of contact for us), we could potentially focus on the education aspect. It seems like the TAP program aims to directly impact the lives of the students, although I would argue that any program that helps the individual also directly and indirectly impacts the family members/educator/caregiver as well. We could pick one group to focus on and go from there.

Alternatively, we go down the health or speech path if anyone is interested. I am open to anything! Just trying to get the ball rolling so we can make some progress. Thoughts?

3 years ago ·

Joseph Weed - Yes, TAP sounds like a great resource for us to begin. And I love the idea of looking more at the family members or residence hall advisors or anyone who indirectly interacts with this program. We can pool from our own university resources as stakeholders.


I'm currently in India with limited internet, so calling/video conferencing is not my strong suit at the moment. I can do a comparative study of different universities' down syndrome and intellectual disabled programs (things like TAP).


Mallory can you reach out to TAP and begin a conversation? The rest of us could try other groups that work with high school or college students with intellectual disabilities? This might give us insight into fears for college transition or experiences after moving to college?


Open to anything, but we definitely need to get the ball rolling

3 years ago

Samantha Tatar - We're tasked with choosing one focus (education, speech, or healthcare) and one target group (individual with Down syndrome, family members, educators/caregivers). It seems to me like education and educators/caregivers/advisors/etc is the direction this is headed, yes? We could target family members, although I'm not sure I see as great of an opportunity for projects there.

Do we want to focus specifically on the transition from high school to college? There are plenty of programs out there, both high school and college level, to help with this transition, and I'm sure we'd be able to find some of the common challenges that these educators and providers face. One thing I've learned with stuff like this, though, is that it is just as important to focus on what has worked in the past as it is to focus on what isn't working.

I also have limited Internet this summer, so if we want to do a team video chat, I'll need a few days heads up so I can work it out. In the meantime, I can begin to look into programs in high school that begin to prepare students for the transition.

3 years ago

Mallory Barkocy - I contacted my friend at TAP and I'll keep you guys posted on what she says. I think a video conference might be hard because I'm interning this summer, so I'm only available after 7pm EST. We could just start posting our findings here so we're all on the same page if you guys are okay with that.

3 years ago

Lauren Elyse Shields - Looks like we have some resources and contacts for educators...Let's go down that route?

3 years ago

Joseph Weed

Hey everyone! Why don't we introduce ourselves and start planning some stuff for this project?

I'm a Senior from the University of Alabama majoring in Math and Economics. I have no direct connection with Down syndrome, but I'm happy to research in any particular area. I'll be on the lookout for relevant links/stories I come across. Look forward to seeing you guys in a few weeks.

3 years ago ·

Mallory Barkocy - Hi guys!
I'm a fourth year Industrial Design student at the University of Cincinnati. Do you guys have any thoughts on what area we want to focus on and who our user could be?

I don't personally know anyone with Down syndrome, but I do know someone who works for my university's Transition and Access Program. The TAP program is a college option for people with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities who want the full college experience. (learn more here: http://cech.uc.edu/education/tap.html ) I know that TAP works with students that have Down syndrome and I can ask her if she would be available to interview if you guys are interested.

3 years ago

Samantha Tatar - Hi! I'm a junior at the University of Illinois studying Materials Science and Engineering. Sorry I'm so late to respond; I have limited internet access this summer. I also have very little direct experience but am open to any direction that we choose to go with this project. I've been keeping my eyes open for anything that we could use to help. See you guys soon!

3 years ago

Lauren Elyse Shields - Hey guys! I apologize for the delay... I've been living out of my suitcase for the past few weeks. Anyways, I am a Creative Advertising + Graphic Design junior from Michigan State University. Like a couple of you, I do not have any direct connection with down syndrome. Although, my father is a superintendent for an elementary school district right outside the Chicagoland area! If we choose to focus on education or youth with down syndrome, I'm sure he can connect us with people!

Looking forward to meeting you all later this week (:

3 years ago

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Lauren Elyse Shields joined the project

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Mallory Barkocy joined the project

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Joseph Weed joined the project

3 years ago ·

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