Mission Team 12 Magazine

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Disability & Empowerment

MISSION TEAM 12

NEXT GENERATION SERVICE CORPS

2021-2022


Table of Contents 1

What We Believe

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Learning

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Networking

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Service

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Advocacy

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Recommendations

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Goals

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Acknowledgments


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What We Believe

Mission Be active listeners of the disabled community, uplift disabled voices, and participate in various educational, networking, service, and advocacy events to propel disability rights and inclusion forward.

Vision To educate our community by advocating alongside those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) for greater inclusion into society and equitable rights. AUTHENTICITY • COMPASSION • INCLUSION


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VIRTUAL MOVIE SHOWING: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Learning

On Tuesday, November 30, we had a virtual watch party of The Theory of Everything. This movie portrays the life of Stephen Hawking. Shortly after beginning his studies at Cambridge University in the 1960s, he was diagnosed with a motor neuron disease (ALS) at the age of 21. However his wife, Jane, remained by his side and encouraged him to continue following his passion of becoming a physicist. Although Hawking was told that he would only have two years to live, he persisted and ended up accomplishing his goals alongside his friends and family. This movie demonstrates that nothing is out of reach for disabled and nondisabled individuals alike. With the proper access to technology, mobility devices, and support, Stephen Hawking showed the world anything is possible.

AFRICAN AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON DISABILITIES (AACD)

During the month of February, The Arizona Center for Disability Law and the Arizona Center for African American Resources (AZCAAR) hosted twelve informational training sessions that were free and openly available online. AACD is the only comprehensive conference in the United States that addresses the intersection between race and disabilities. Because our Mission Team has conflicting schedules, everyone was free to watch the training of their choice and share a synopsis of the training during our March meeting. Please scan the QR code to access additional information about the AACD.


Learning Cont. F DEA

TALKATHON On Monday, March 21, Mission Team 12 watched a variety of informative videos about Deaf experiences and Deaf Culture.The Deaf Talkathon covered a multitude of concepts including the experiences of growing up Deaf with hearing parents to the foundation of a Deaf based museum, the history of ASL, and Deafness is different environments. Most of us were heavily moved by the experiences that were outlined within the short film, The Silent Child. The Silent Child shed light the frustrations one may face growing up in a hearing household. This video emphasized the importance of properly educating the general populace on the importance of Deaf Culture and how imperative it is to embrace others for exactly who they are.

STUDENT ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSIVE LEARNING SERVICES (SAILS) TRAINING

On Monday, April 4, Mission Team 12 will be participating in an online training facilitated by Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services (SAILS). The topics we anticipate to learn about include accessibility in classrooms, disability in different environments, and resources on campus for disabled individuals.

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Networking

MOVIE SHOWING: THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON

In collaboration with the Events Committee, Mission Team 12 hosted an event at the NGSC office on September 28, 2021. We showed the movie “Peanut Butter Falcon”. The movie follows Zac, played by Zack Gottsagen, an actor with Down Syndrome. Throughout the movie, strong themes of friendship and empowerment were present. When the movie concluded, the group had a discussion about parts of the movie we found most interesting or meaningful and answered other questions about the movie’s message and how it relates to our team’s social mission.

“YOU GOT A GOOD-GUY HEART. YOU CAN'T DO S--- ABOUT IT, THAT'S JUST WHO YOU ARE. YOU'RE A HERO.” “I CAN'T BE A HERO BECAUSE I AM A DOWN'S SYNDROME.” “WHAT'S THAT GOT TO DO WITH YOUR HEART?”

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Networking Cont. The Best Buddies AZ Friendship Walk is an annual event that celebrates inclusion of all people. This year the event will be held on Saturday, April 30 this year. We are fortunate to partner with Section 4, which includes Mission Team 11, Mission Team 12, and Mission Team 13, on this engaging event located at Tempe Diablo Stadium. So far, we have fundraised $575 amount of dollars as “Team NGSC”. We’re excited to participate in this event!

BEST BUDDIES AZ FRIENDSHIP WALK

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP DINNER

The Women in Leadership Dinner, on March 23 at Sun Devil Stadium, was an incredible celebration of female perseverance through adversity. Mission Team 12 was able to learn from local politicians, attorneys, NFL agents, journalists, public service leaders, and fellow ASU women in leadership. We were able to spread NGSC’s mission by networking with like-minded, value-driven leaders.

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Service BEST BUDDIES AZ CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

On November 12, 2021 Mission Team 12 volunteered at the Best Buddies Champion of the Year Gala. Best Buddies is an international non-profit organization that provides meaningful one-on-one friendships, leadership development, and overall inclusivity for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). The Champion of the Year Gala recognizes prominent leaders in the community that share their values. The champion candidate that raises the most funds in 8-10 weeks will be crowned Champion of the Year. The night was a success and over $500,000 raised. One of Mission Team 12’s most prominent values is inclusion and that was certainly demonstrated throughout the event.

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Service Cont. PROJECT CONNECT

In collaboration with the Events Committee and Mission Team 19, Mission Team 12 volunteered at Human Services Campus’ first Project Connect! Project Connect is an crosssector collaborative event that assists people experiencing homelessness in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. At the event, we completed a wide variety of tasks ranging from checking people in, to distributing hygiene kits, locating services, and being a listener and friend throughout the day. Those who participated were able to gain a hands-on view of how kindness and positively influence others.


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Advocacy

See more of our content on Instagram @ngscmt12!


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Recommendations

View the following films: CODA, And Your Name Is Jonah, and The Silent Child to learn more about Deafness and Deaf Culture Attend online trainings with Arizona Center for Disability Law, Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services (SAILS), and Arizona Developmental Disabilities Council Volunteer with Best Buddies Arizona, Ability 360, and the Human Resources Campus to connect with the local disabled community Resist ableism, people are people Host accessible events (closed captioning for Zoom meetings, ASL interpreters, ramps/elevator access, RSVPs to gather attendee needs, send out specific event details, etc.) VOTE for inclusive leaders!


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Goals FOR NEXT YEAR Maintain a close partnership with SAILS & Accessibility Coalition Build a relationship with Sounds of Autism

Host our own Deaf Culture Workshop

Continue collaborating with those in NGSC

Expand our network within ASU & beyond


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Acknowledgements

From Ava Lemke THANK YOU Wilson Taylor, Rilie Fairley, Sophia DeOrio, Hope Branger, Camryn Dunn. Kathy Ngo, Sophia Godinez, Kyle Beer, Abby Berg, Kendra Gibson, Raelahna Bennett, Lucy Hoop, Cayla Dammann, and the entire NGSC Leadership and Staff!

A ROUND OF APPALUSE FOR... Rilie Fairley, Camryn Dunn, and Kyle Beer for helping create our magazine!

Congratulations on a wonderful year, Mission Team 12!


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