Presentation on theme: "Self-Advocacy For High School and Beyond"— Presentation transcript:
1 Self-Advocacy For High School and Beyond Parent Advisory Council PresentationSelf-Advocacy For High School and Beyond
2 Why Are We Here?Parents & Teachers Talking Together (PT3) Session last year identified 4 priorities within Special EducationSelf-advocacyWelcoming EnvironmentParent MentoringProfessional DevelopmentAction Teams for Partnership were formed to address the needsThe Self-advocacy team developed tonight’s program toHelp special education students and parents understand the importance of self-advocacy behaviorProvide practical self-advocacy tips to studentsHelp parents learn how to encourage self-advocacy
3 Parent Advisory Council Presentation What is Self-Advocacy?Self-advocacy is the ability to effectively communicate and appropriately pursue one’s needs, rights & desiresIn other words, Sticking Up For Yourself
4 Who Needs Self-Advocacy? Parent Advisory Council PresentationWho Needs Self-Advocacy?Everyone needs self-advocacy!!!Self-advocacy is a critical life skillMany people struggle to self-advocateEspecially important for people with special needs due to:extra needssociety’s lack of understandingpotential challenges communicating needsPowerful tool to deal with bullying
5 When is Self-Advocacy Needed? Parent Advisory Council PresentationWhen is Self-Advocacy Needed?Self-advocacy isn’t just for school or the IEP processSelf-advocacy serves you throughout your whole lifeWhat do you do when?A doctor isn’t listening to your concerns?You need time off from work for an important appointment?You’re trying to choose a good college fit? A good job fit?The waiter brings you the wrong meal?A peer is pressuring you to do something unhealthy?Someone is bullying you?Your teacher forgets you need accommodations?Your teacher posts the wrong grade?You don’t understand a class and need to ask for help?Click per example
6 Why is Self-Advocacy Needed? You’re in charge of your life.Once you leave high school, you lose much of your formal support.Independence is the goal
7 Self-Advocacy Framework Know yourselfKnow what you needKnow how to get it
8 Parent Advisory Council Presentation Know YourselfKnow yourselfKnow what you needKnow how to get itUnderstanding yourself is the foundation for self-advocacyKnow your strengthsUnderstand your disability/challengeKnow the terminologyResearch your conditionRead your IEP and evaluationsUnderstand how your condition impacts different situationsExamine what has & hasn’t worked for you in pastAsk for feedbackKnowledge is power
9 Know What You Need Know yourself Know what you need Know how to get it You can’t ask for something if you don’t know what you needInterventions, accommodations, modificationsInformationExtra help or support academically or sociallyAdviceChange in behaviorRemember we all need different things to be successful
10 Parent Advisory Council Presentation Know How to Get ItKnow yourselfKnow what you needKnow how to get itBe prepared. Make a plan. Practice!Believe in yourself. If that’s too hard, fake it!Communicate your needsChoose communication methodClearly describe problemHave a solutionExplain the reasons whyBe persistent. Follow-up.Understand you won’t always get what you wantBe prepared to negotiate or give alternativesListen, stay factual, & remain calmDon’t be afraid to be uncomfortable
11 Parent Advisory Council Presentation Student ExperiencesWho are you, including learning challengeGive an example of a time you needed somethingExplain what you did to get itHow has this impacted your life? – NickHow does sticking up for yourself? - Hannah
12 Self-Advocacy Tips What did we just hear? Know yourself Know what you needKnow how to get itWhat did we just hear?
13 Self-advocacy & Bullying Bullying isn’t new.Key things to remember:No one deserves to be bullied.You are not alone, it just feels that way.High school doesn’t last forever.You can’t control the situation but you can control your reactionDifferent approaches work for different people.Ignore the bully and walk away.Protect yourself.Take charge of your life. Know that bullies have their own problems.Talk about it.
14 Parent Advisory Council Presentation How Parents Can HelpModel appropriate advocacy behavior!Start early.Encourage self awareness. Openly discuss child’s disabilities & rights.Share informationRequire involvement. Involve them in IEP, etc.Reframe your desire to help your kids.Let kids help themselves.Don’t do anything for them they can do themselves.Do it jointly as an intermediate step.
15 Parent Advisory Council Presentation How Parents Can HelpCoach/Help/Encourage:Communicate needs & wants, strengths & weaknesses.Role playPractice in real worldSet appropriate & realistic goalsPrepare for a range of realistic outcomesEngage in problem solvingFind a supporter or coachBelieve in them, and help them believe in themselvesCelebrate success.Stay positive!
17 Welcoming Environment Parent Advisory Council Group Parent Advisory Council PresentationWelcoming Environment Parent Advisory Council GroupGoals of the “Welcoming Environment” GroupBuild self-advocacy skills.Empower and encourage students to get involved.Provide “tools and resources” to navigate this process.Promote student and parent engagement.How to Join a Club or Activity at School…Flow ChartStudent Template: “How to join a club or activity”Screen Recording Demo: “How to join a club or activity”
18 Log onto your school's website. F l ow Ch a r tStep 1:Log onto your school's website.Click on "Activities" heading located on the menu bar to view a list of activities, clubs and sponsors.Step 2:Read through the list of activities to find one that sounds intersting. Look for the sponsor's name and write it down.Step 3:Next, go to "Parent Resources" located on the menu bar and select "Staff Directory."Step 4:Find the sponsor's name and select "Send an " to them for information relating to that activity (such as meeting times and locations.)Step 5:
19 Student Template CLUB/ACTIVITY 1 CLUB/ACTIVITY 2 CLUB/ACTIVITY 3 CLUB/ACTIVITY 1CLUB/ACTIVITY 2CLUB/ACTIVITY 3WHO IS SPONSOR/COACH?WHAT SEASON OR ALL YEAR?ARE THERE TRY-OUTS?HOW OFTEN DO THEY MEET?HOW LONG IS THE MEETING/PRACTICE?WHERE DO THEY MEET?WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS SHOULD I JOIN?DO I KNOW ANYONE ALREADY IN THE ACTIVITY OR INTERESTED IN JOINING WITH ME?