To evaluate their organization’s commitment to inclusion and accessibility in their environmental education programs, the Riveredge Nature Center partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education to hire a young adult intern with special needs. The role of the intern was to specifically provide them with feedback to ensure EE program accessibility to more people of all abilities.
Carly Hintz is the Educational Technology & Evaluation Specialist at Riveredge. Read her blog entry, “In Making a Difference” (below) for further details of the insights and benefits gained from employing their intern with special needs.
Read the NAAEE blog “Different Abilities and Possibilities” (below) posted by Amesha Morris, DEI eePro Group Moderator. This captures her interview with Carly and Rach, the Riveredge intern who inspired the program changes and staff training to better meet the needs of a more diverse learning environment.
We are very fortunate to have the team of Riveredge Nature Center, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Wisconsin Center for EE serve as our eePro discussion hosts starting today, April 12 through Wednesday, April 19 to answer any questions you might have about their inclusion and accessibility efforts. In addition to discussion host Carly Hintz, Emily Lewis will be online as the Inquiry-Based Curriculum & Instruction Manager at Riveredge. Dr. Kendra Liddicoat, Assistant Professor at Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is also on hand to add to this discussion.
Please post your questions and use them as your inclusion resources this week!:)
Thank you, Carly, Emily and Kendra, for sharing your time and insights with our eePro Group this week!
Do you mind sharing whether you had to change your intern job description much for your employment posting?...and for your recruitment efforts, did you target any specific agencies or networks to get the candidate pool with abilities you were seeking?