Presented at 11:45am in Virtual Room 1 on Friday, November 19, 2021.#34119
- Cassandra LePouttre, Assistive Technology Advisor, Smith College
- Length of Session: 1-hr
- Format: Lecture
- Expertise Level: Not provided
- Type of session: General Conference
The assistive technology advisor for Smith College, Cassandra LePouttre, has trained and supported her peers in the transition from in-person to remote instruction. As a student employee, Cassandra will relate the effectiveness of peer-focused support, and how this helps to provide a bridge between administrative and student perspectives.
This presentation will focus on the relationships that were created between students, faculty, and administration, and how having a role as a student employee has benefited both other peers and their relationships with their professors, faculty, and staff.
The benefits of a student employee position will be presented here. This position has allowed for a flexible student schedule, diverse technology training skills, and opportunities for raising disability awareness and support.
A student employee can provide a bridge for conversations between administration and students, in a way that is unique to their position. These benefits will be highlighted in this presentation.
- Peer-support relationships that build skills, confidence, and independence.
- Flexible schedule and personalized support.
- Bridge between administration and students.
As a graduating mathematics major and assistive technology advisor at Smith College, I have had the pleasure of providing peer support to other students as we have navigated this transition from in-person to remote learning. With 3 years of experience working for the Office of Disability Services at Smith College, and 2 years of experience working as an assistive technology trainer at Holyoke Community College, I hope to share the insight I have gained from working with a diverse population of students with disabilities.