COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kim Doran, SASSO’s Director of Instructional Support Services, has been invited to present at the 2017 NCAA Inclusion Forum hosted in Providence, Rhode Island from April 21-23. Joining Doran is Caity McCandless, Assistant Director with the Student Life Disability Services Office at The Ohio State University.
“Hey Coach! Let Us Explain the Difference Between ADHD and a Learning Disability” will discuss how collaborative partnerships can strengthen the relationships between student-athletes, coaching staffs, office for disability services and student-athlete support services. Doran and McCandless will share how coaches can use this knowledge during the recruiting process, and how to assist student-athletes in becoming their own advocates once transitioning to college. They will also discuss how a coach can use this information to aid in evaluating whether or not an athlete should be tested for ADHD or a learning disability once they have arrived on campus.
“I am super excited to share how we collaborate here at OSU to make sure that our student-athletes with disabilities feel supported both athletically and academically. I am also grateful for the opportunity to learn from the other presenters regarding how we can continue to support our diverse population of student-athletes,” says Doran.
Doran and McCandless joined Florida State University staff in July 2016 to provide a similar presentation at the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) Conference. “The Way We Learn: Student-Athletes and Coaches, Learning Disabilities, and Utilizing Resources,” shared best practices in helping student-athletes develop skills necessary to successfully navigate college. It also shared strategies for working with athletes with learning disabilities, including ADHD.
Upon returning to campus, the duo hopes to share their message once again with Athletic Department coaching staff.
The NCAA Inclusion Forum brings together higher education and intercollegiate athletics leaders and student-athletes passionate about improving the educational and professional environment for student-athletes, coaches and staff. Sessions engage on a broad range of topics related to policy, research and best practices that support racial and ethnic minorities, women, international student-athletes, LGBTQ and athletes with disabilities. More information can be found on ncaa.org.