A Very Welcome MOUSE in the House for UCP of NYC

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MOUSE Corps members interview UCP of NYC adults
in UCP of NYC programs

UCP of NYC is excited to announce our new partnership with MOUSE!

MOUSE is a national nonprofit organization that empowers youth to become the digital media and technology leaders in their schools. Through their MOUSE Corps program, NYC high school students develop their skills and experience by designing and creating new technologies that address social needs.

This year, MOUSE Corps members will be working with adults in our programs to assess ways in which technology design and innovation can be applied to positively impact the needs of individuals with disabilities.

"Great learning experiences offer young people authentic opportunities to see their skills having real impact on the world around them,” said Mark Lesser, MOUSE Education Director. “And great organizations like UCP of NYC do one better: seeing an important opportunity to help learners better understand not only the needs of those living with CP, but also the many abilities, talents, and unique perspectives that make them terrific collaborators in the design process."

On December 11th, MOUSE Corps members visited UCP of NYC to introduce themselves, meet program collaborators from UCP of NYC, and learn more about their interests and experiences.  MOUSE Corps members interviewed our program participants, teachers, and staff, and gathered helpful information to use in the design process. Prior to their visit to our 23rd street facility, UCP of NYC self-advocates traveled to the MOUSE Corps headquarters to deliver a disabilities-specific sensitivity training. MOUSE Corps members used what they learned from UCP of NYC’s self-advocates and maximized their interview sessions employing incredible listening skills.

A Mouse Corps member explores adaptive technology
to a make a camera accessible.

UCP of NYC is thrilled to embark on this partnership with MOUSE and anticipates an exciting dialogue throughout the project design process. As the Mouse Corps students collaborate with us to brainstorm, prototype, and share ideas about accessible solutions for the people we serve, we are confident they will have a meaningful learning experience and we will be better off because of their efforts.

Marc Lesser agrees:

"Partnerships like this one are essential to fulfilling our mission. At MOUSE, we believe strongly that one of our most important roles is to help distribute the wealth of skills, enthusiasm and expertise that

 young people offer to the many stakeholders in our community who can use them. And, in return, our youth gain important lessons and critical exposure to the many institutions and individuals around them working to make positive change in our world."




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