Presentation on theme: " Parents & Teachers Talking Together (PT3) Session last year identified 4 priorities within Special Education Self-advocacy Welcoming Environment."— Presentation transcript:
Parents & Teachers Talking Together (PT3) Session last year identified 4 priorities within Special Education Self-advocacy Welcoming Environment Parent Mentoring Professional Development Action Teams for Partnership were formed to address the needs The Self-advocacy team developed tonight’s program to Help special education students and parents understand the importance of self-advocacy behavior Provide practical self-advocacy tips to students Help parents learn how to encourage self-advocacy
Self-advocacy is the ability to effectively communicate and appropriately pursue one’s needs, rights & desires In other words, Sticking Up For Yourself
Everyone needs self-advocacy!!! Self-advocacy is a critical life skill Many people struggle to self-advocate Especially important for people with special needs due to: extra needs society’s lack of understanding potential challenges communicating needs Powerful tool to deal with bullying
Self-advocacy isn’t just for school or the IEP process Self-advocacy serves you throughout your whole life What 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?
You’re in charge of your life. Once you leave high school, you lose much of your formal support. Independence is the goal
Know yourself Know what you need Know how to get it
Understanding yourself is the foundation for self-advocacy Know your strengths Understand your disability/challenge Know the terminology Research your condition Read your IEP and evaluations Understand how your condition impacts different situations Examine what has & hasn’t worked for you in past Ask for feedback Knowledge is power Know yourself Know what you need Know how to get it
You can’t ask for something if you don’t know what you need Interventions, accommodations, modifications Information Extra help or support academically or socially Advice Change in behavior Remember we all need different things to be successful Know yourself Know what you need Know how to get it
Be prepared. Make a plan. Practice! Believe in yourself. If that’s too hard, fake it! Communicate your needs Choose communication method Clearly describe problem Have a solution Explain the reasons why Be persistent. Follow-up. Understand you won’t always get what you want Know yourself Know what you need Know how to get it Be prepared to negotiate or give alternatives Listen, stay factual, & remain calm Don’t be afraid to be uncomfortable
Know yourself Know what you need Know how to get it What did we just hear?
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 reaction Different 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.
Model appropriate advocacy behavior! Start early. Encourage self awareness. Openly discuss child’s disabilities & rights. Share information Require 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.
Coach/Help/Encourage: Communicate needs & wants, strengths & weaknesses. Role play Practice in real world Set appropriate & realistic goals Prepare for a range of realistic outcomes Engage in problem solving Find a supporter or coach Believe in them, and help them believe in themselves Celebrate success. Stay positive!
Goals of the “Welcoming Environment” Group Build 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 Chart Student Template: “How to join a club or activity” Screen Recording Demo: “How to join a club or activity”
Step 1: Log onto your school's website. Step 2: Click on "Activities" heading located on the menu bar to view a list of activities, clubs and sponsors. Step 3: Read through the list of activities to find one that sounds intersting. Look for the sponsor's name and write it down. Step 4: Next, go to "Parent Resources" located on the menu bar and select "Staff Directory." Step 5: Find the sponsor's name and select "Send an e- mail" to them for information relating to that activity (such as meeting times and locations.)
CLUB/ACTIVITY 1CLUB/ACTIVITY 2CLUB/ACTIVITY 3 WHO 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?
SELF-ADVOCACY Karen Schwartzwald District Special Education Coordinator Mary Cottone Lisa Dalke Marcia Perkins WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT Danielle McCarthy District Coordinator of Guidance Services Theresa Collins Linda Sevilla