AFP-NM January 2021 Meeting: Virtual Engagement & Accessibility
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations have been grappling with the transition from hosting in-person meetings, trainings and events, to providing the same events virtually. Whether we are meeting with internal members of our organizations or the larger community, strategically considering engagement and accessibility is critical in ensuring full inclusion of all audiences. In this workshop, participants will learn best practices for making virtual settings more accessible for a diversity of audiences, as well as strategies for providing meaningful and engaging space for those diverse audiences to learn and connect.
About our presenters:
Alex Luce is the Associate Director at Mandy's Farm, a nonprofit organization focused on residential, educational, and employment-based services for people with disabilities. Alex holds a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Signed Language Interpreting and Psychology and has over ten years’ experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, the majority of which have been spent in the nonprofit sector. Alex has extensive experience in program design, nonprofit management, and group facilitation. Ms. Luce was recently recognized for her work within the Mandy's Farm VAMOS Program as part of the Albuquerque Business First's 2020 Diverse Business Leader Awards.
Jamie Magnant is the VAMOS Manager at Mandy's Farm, where she oversees education, job training, and follow-along support for individuals with disabilities who are transitioning from school to adulthood. Jamie has a Bachelor's Degree in Education and has been an educator for over nine years. She is also trained in Creative Facilitation, a pedagogy she uses in VAMOS and throughout other Mandy's Farm workshops. She has a passion for diversity, advocacy, education, and creativity, which she has infused throughout the VAMOS Program's design and implementation.