At our last zoom (January 14, 2020) on Self-Advocacy and Student-led IEPs, we shared two new forms that you may want to consider using to help students with their long term planning. Both of these tools are from the ME! Lessons for Teaching Self Awareness & Self Advocacy Curriculum. This is located at the Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment at the University of Oklahoma.
The first form was the Self Awareness Project Planning Guide. This form can help organize information into a beginning three-step process that aligns with their living, learning, and working goals.
The second form was “Where do I go from here?” This form again is aligned with the student’s postsecondary expectations but helps break the process down into different actions to help them see what responsibilities they may need to take to make it happen.
These two new forms will also be posted on the TEACHER tab, under Student Led IEPs.
As you know, helping our children/students to continually improve their self-advocacy skills is vitally important. If you are looking for a simple tool to help, please go to An Educational Journey from Self-Discovery to Advocacy. This handbook was revised by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) in partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, and Transition Consulting, LLC. Funding was provided by the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.
- Chapter 1 – Disability Awareness
- Chapter 2 – Learning to Self-Advocate
- Chapter 3 – Transition: Career Planning and Community Connections
- Chapter 4- Participating in Planning and Placement Team (PPT) Meetings
- Chapter 5- Resources
Chapter 2 – Learning to Self-Advocate has some very user friendly ideas that can be easily used in the classroom. Know that you can use any or all of these pages as a stand-alone item or done as the entire chapter.
Please remember to continually encourage your students to learn to speak up for themselves, as this will be a skill that will help them be as successful as they can be throughout their lives.
If you have ever taken any of the KU Strategies trainings, then you know how user-friendly these are with your students! Just wanted to share that there is a new one-day training on “self-advocacy” and “possible selves” coming soon on September 30th. Please see the flyer below for more specific details, as well, as, how to sign up so you can attend. These are both important skills that students need to transition smoothly and fits well into 21st century skills! Sign up today!