Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Self Determination’ Category


New Self-Advocacy tools

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.


Encouraging Self-Advocacy for your students

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.

This book  is divided into 5 chapters:
  • 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.





Great training for Student Advocacy!

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!

KU 2015 Self Advocacy.Possible SelvesRegistration: NO RENEWAL OR GRADUATE CREDIT WILL BE OFFERED FOR THIS CLASS. Please register to attend this class by Friday, Sept. 25 by clicking on the link below:
Please contact Julie Meyer if you have questions (




Outstanding Family Conference Opportunity – Saturday, May 4th

The ASK Resource Center is hosting a FREE statewide Family Conference  on Saturday, May 4th in West Des Moines.  We know the end of the school year is packed with lots to do, but this is truly a golden opportunity if you can attend.

Family Conference Banner


  • 8:45 a.m.—9:20 a.m. (Check in & childcare drop off)
  • 9:30 a.m. —4:30 p.m. (Conference)
  • Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
  • 1800 50th Street
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266

Family Conference Flyer with registration links
FREE Childcare is available on-site at the conference. You must register for childcare by Friday, April 26th.
Parent Stipends, Mileage Stipends, & Hotel Stipends for Iowa Families are available.

  • Box lunch will be provided!
  • Earn a chance to be in a drawing for an IPAD!

Regardless of the age of your child, you will find helpful breakout sessions loaded with relevant national and state-wide disability information on health, education, advocacy, & self determination!

The Conference will feature two keynote speakers:

David Wetherow

David Wetherow is an internationally recognized leader in community living & self-directed supports. David shares his “Star Raft” tools, an inno-vative model of step by step actions and resources to support your family and child in the community.

LeDerick Horne is a poet, disability advocate and entrepreneur who uses his gift for spoken word poetry as a teaching tool. LeDerick has been recognized across the country as a motivational speaker and disability advocate. He currently chairs Project Eye to Eye, a national nonprofit that provides mentoring programs for students with LD/ADHD.

For Questions or registration information, please contact Paula Connolly at 1-800-450-8667 or


Transition: fitting all the pieces together!