Eye to Eye - Organizing Institute (OI)
(Providence, Rhode Island) August 20, 2014 - After a successful first year of the Temple chapter, student coordinators: Matt Cahill, Holly Mainiero, Mike Gallagher and Ellen Carney were hard at work at the Eye-to-Eye Organizing Institute (OI) at Brown University. Along with practical organizational skill-building, inspirational speeches from national leaders like LGBTQ Rights lawyer Robbie Kaplan were delivered to over 100 student coordinators from 56 chapters spanning 20 states.
The Temple University chapter was highlighted throughout the OI. Matt and Holly presented at the conference about community building at the Temple University chapter with events like the Spring 2014 ice cream social. Last spring, Eye to Eye hosted a nationwide Art Project Competition. The winner will have their entry added to the Art Room Curriculum for the 2014-15 year. Matt won the contest with his redefining labels project. Mentors and mentees see that labels are not a stigma, but are strengths that others share.
The student coordinators are ready to begin the chapter’s second year this fall as they are expanding to Mastery Charter Clymer and Grover Cleveland School in North Philadelphia. Expanding to two mentee schools is almost unheard of in Eye to Eye. However, from the success of their first year and the amount of people who want to join Eye to Eye, opening a second chapter was a no brainer! After the week of training, the Temple student coordinators are ready to build upon the success they had created the first year, and make the second year bigger and better!
What is Eye to Eye? The mentors are students from Temple University with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders (LD and AD/HD) and the mentees are students at the elementary school who also have LD and AD/HD. Through Eye to Eye, both the mentors and mentees grew tremendously. The mentees learned new self-advocacy skills and ways to build self-awareness. They also learned many important things about living with LD and AD/HD. For example they learned how they individually process information and learn best. All of these skills will help the mentees to succeed in their future endeavors.
The mentors, even though they sought to be of help to the mentees, learned and grew immensely. The mentors built self-confidence, which is key for anyone to succeed. They also learned new skills such as running a successful organization, sticking to their commitments, and fulfilling their passions. All of these skills are key to fulfilling their own future educational and career goals.
Consider joining Eye to Eye this fall. You do not need to have a LD or AD/HD in order to be a part of Eye to Eye. There are many opportunities available for anyone to serve in this organization. Are you a marketing major? Consider helping promote Eye to Eye to the University community. Are you an event planner? Consider helping Eye to Eye plan events for their organization. All of these things can help you grow personally and make a difference in the life of a child that might otherwise be overlooked.
Contact: Matthew Cahill
DRS in the Press - Temple Review Coverage of DRS
The spring edition of the Temple Review, a magazine for alumni and friends of Temple University, features a cover story titled "All-Inclusive Education" which explores the contributions that the Disability Resources and Services department and students with a disability have made to the Temple community. Highlighting the experiences of several students, the article describes some of the many ways DRS supports and advocates for students, including academic accommodations, campus accessibility, technological innovation, and job preparation. A related article covers the new Joshua A. Winheld/Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarship Fund, created in honor of Joshua Winheld, a Temple graduate who died in 2009 after a long battle with muscular dystrophy.
Read the full article on the Temple Review online.
State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies provide a wide variety of services to assist people with disabilities secure gainful employment. Many students who experience significant disability-related financial need find relief from their state vocational rehabilitation agency. To locate the agency that serves your home state, please consult the vocational rehabilitation website.