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The SSS Network

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The  Network is a place for people of diverse learning styles to come together and talk about their  differences, challenges, successes, and questions. The Student Support Services Network consists of students interested in disability advocacy and those with disabilities including but not limited to ADHD, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. The goal of the network is to educate the LC population about disabilities and to serve as a place as for those with disabilities to share stories and exchange strategies for navigating, surviving, and thriving at LC.

Part support group, part dinner party, these gatherings usually have an outside speaker and/or our own SSS staff available to guide discussion and help with resources. The Student Life Intern for Student Support Services  leads the group, but suggestions are always appreciated and we strive to bring topics and speakers that interest you.

Sharing experiences, ideas, and unique senses of humor may be the morale boost you need! Meetings are also opportunities for students to communicate about study skills, relaxation techniques, etc., and to share helpful strategies with one another. We meet  once a month, so let us know if you’d like to join the next meeting!

If you would like to be added to our list-serve to receive email reminders and announcements, please e-mail Raina Blumenthal, the SSS intern for the 2013-2014 school year, at: rblumenthal@lclark.edu

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Student Support Services Board

The SSS Board is convened by the SSS Intern. Its primary purpose is to gather a variety of students who are interested in issues surrounding disability services and to advise the Director of Student Support Services on issues of importance to students with disabilities.

The mission of the Student Support Services Board is to foster a welcoming and supportive environment for students with learning differences and other disabilities through awareness, understanding and celebration of diversity in the Lewis and Clark community. The Board is dedicated to the success of students with disabilities on campus and actively supports self-advocacy and community involvement.

The Board strives to enhance students’ experiences at L&C through helping students with disabilities strategize, understand their own learning style, and accept their unique minds. The Board also promotes a social network in which students can discuss the non-academic issues which often come with disabilities and to simply relax and enjoy one another’s company.

The Board plans and executes programs each year designed to educate the entire campus and celebrate learning diversity, such as, a panel discussion on the invisibility of disability, a disability related community art exhibit and the Thinking Outside the Box Olympics, which has featured such activities as a Rube Goldberg invention contest, a Pin the Brainstem on the Dyslexic Brain competition, a speed-sculpture contest, and many more, accompanied, naturally, by “brain food” (high-protein snacks, dark chocolates, energy drinks, etc.)

Please contact Raina Blumenthal, the 2013-2014 SSS intern, at: rblumenthal@lclark.edu to learn more about how you can be involved!