Welcoming INclusive Growth to Soar (WINGS) Project

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) has received a $20,000 prize from the Administration for Community Living as part of a challenge competition to reach a wider talent pool and create more employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The prize was in recognition of development of the WINGS model, in which ODI is partnering with the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth (the Academy), Campus Services, Human Resources, the Department of Career Planning and Development, Student Disability Services, and the community organization disABILITY LINK. This prize makes ODI eligible to compete for a second and third round of the competition.

The WINGS Project will be flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances, but will include the following elements, supported by the prize funds:

  • Consultation with Campus Services for placement of Academy students in internships that will help them gain meaningful employment experience.
  • Training provided by disABILITY LINK to KSU supervisors on how to best support and develop employees with disabilities.
  • Listening sessions with students with disabilities to ensure their voices are present in project implementation.
  • Collaboration with Human Resources to increase active recruiting of people with disabilities for employment at KS.
  • Consultation with Career Planning and Development on job fairs to link students with disabilities to disability-friendly employers.
  • Subject matter expertise from Student Disability Services.

Success in the next round of the competition will enable expansion of the model within KSU and dissemination beyond KSU. For more information, contact Dr. Laurie McDowell at (470) 578-2640.

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