Conducting Community Forums: Engaging Stakeholders, Mobilizing Communities (1.5 Hours)

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About the Presentation

Successful State Plans for Independent Living begin with a comprehensive and inclusive assessment of the needs of people with disabilities in the state. While there are a number of ways to go about this task, community forums provide an excellent opportunity for dialogue with consumers and other stakeholders. Community forums may not seem difficult to organize at first thought, but they require careful planning to ensure that they are productive, affordable, and inclusive. This course is designed to assist participants in learning how to plan and hold effective community forums to gain insight into the needs of people with disabilities in their state.

Target Audience

The primary target audience is SILC staff and Council members.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe different types of forums and select the appropriate type for achieving established goals
  • Identify and obtain resources needed to support a successful forum
  • Explain the process for managing and executing the logistics of the event
  • Describe methods for supporting follow-up action and reporting results

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Transcript and Resources

Other Resources on the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL)