Master of Arts (MA)
My community practicum engaged New York's intellectually and developmentally disabled community, and their families, in the process of making the process of reporting abuse and neglect inside group homes more accessible and transparent. Serious abuse and neglect still happens in group homes for people with disabilities, which has led to death and serious injury, and reporting issues is not necessarily easy. After a year of listening to community concerns, I created a service journalism post that made reporting abuse and neglect easier for families and the public. And most prominently, I created "How to Stand Up for Yourself in Your Home," an accessible self-advocacy guide that has been and will be distributed to group home residents across the state. It has been translated into plain language and delivered to residents however they best receive information.
My final Medium post is here: https://jacquineber.medium.com/agency-inclusion-and-empathy-as-power-the-last-dispatch-from-my-ma-in-engagement-journalism-ba91abfc071
Neber, Jacqueline, "Agency, inclusion, and empathy as power: The last dispatch from my MA in Engagement Journalism (and my Final Report)" (2021). CUNY Academic Works.