This session will discuss new programming for first year students with disabilities at Sheridan College. Developed collaboratively by the Library and the Accessible Learning Department, Next STEPS was developed to provide students with the tools they need to be successful in their first year. Using Lizzios model of successful transition as a guide, sessions covered topics from traditional library and academic skills (APA, Research) to wellness and resiliency (Self-care, growth-mindset). Additionally, sessions were developed using principles of universal design for learning (UDL) to be accessible to all students.
Participants will learn about Lizzios model and how to align their programming with the various components it outlines. By looking at the sessions we offered during this pilot program in greater depth, participants will leave our session with a number of ideas of how their library can collaborate with other departments on campus to support students first year students, students with disabilities or others. We will also share how we made these sessions accessible using guidelines from Center for Applied Special Technology, (CAST) allowing participants to use these tools in their own programming.