The OCT program established a Steering Committee during the initial stages of the program development. The Steering Committee was a group of individual from different agencies and community partners with the same goal in mind establishing the OCT program. When developing a program for young adults with intellectual disabilities in postsecondary education open and frequent communication is a must. Group efforts are needed in order to demonstrate the need and value of programs for these young adults.
To establish a steering committee to help start a program, one must think of different resources within your area. Some ideas for resources are:
- Postsecondary education disability resource center
- Postsecondary education college of education or child development
- School district transition specialists
- Arc chapter
- Agency for Persons with Disabilities
- Florida Developmental Disabilities Council
- Parent advocate groups
- Community advocate groups for individuals with disabilities
- Community advocate groups for individuals with intellectual disabilities
The above list is not comprehensive but suggestions to begin your brainstorming process.
Additionally, utilize technology when establishing open communication. For example, there may be individuals that may want to be actively involved but cannot attend the meeting physically, consider using Skype or conference calls. Additionally, use email to send out reminders and updates of the status of the program. Always remember to be creative and patient when establishing open frequent communication.