Student Self-Advocacy

A session on “WHAT” is self-advocacy, “WHY” is self-advocacy important, “HOW” do students self-advocate for themselves with their teachers and their community. We examine the many benefits of self-advocacy as well as how communities (teachers, parents/families and others) can support students through the self-advocacy process. 

Student Self-Advocacy: Bumps & Hurdles

A session that builds on the “Student Self-Advocacy: Basics” session by expanding on some of the bumps and hurdles that can occur through the self-advocacy process. Some scenarios such as miscommunication challenges, dealing with unresolved issues such as a bad grade that cannot be changed/improved, etc. These topics are addressed while providing guidance on taking it to the next level by including staff, parents/families and others that can support students through the self-advocacy process.

Transitions: 5th to 6th Grade (Elementary setting to Middle School setting)

A session on “HOW” to advocate while transitioning into the middle school setting. Transitioning from an elementary setting can be challenging for many students. Some hurdles might be going from one teacher to many teachers in multiple subjects, communicating with teachers, finding new friends, having relationships, discovering skills and hobbies, etc. In this session, we focus on finding the student voice in some of these scenarios. Our goal is to help both students and their communities through this transition process.

 

Transitions: 8th to 9th Grade (Middle School setting to High School setting)

A session on “HOW” to advocate while transitioning into the high school setting.  Transitioning from a middle school setting to a high school setting can be challenging.  This is a time when there continues to be an emphasis on communicating with staff, as well as, focusing on selecting the right classes, maintaining a GPA, choosing a college or career path, etc. High school students must deal with all this while also, learning to deal with anxiety and stress, relationships, and preparing to launch into the Real-world.  In this session, we focus on finding the student voice to help with various scenarios to help both students and their communities through this transition process.

Student Self-Advocacy: Olympia (State Capital) Here We Come

A session that provides tips and guidance for advocating with state legislators. This session covers causes/issues on various topics to assisting students in writing their story to share; and the process of working with their community to advocate to this audience.

Student Self-Advocacy: School Board or City Council... Here We Come

A session that provides tips and guidance for advocating with school board or city council members. This session covers discussing causes/issues on various topics to assisting students in writing their story to share; and the process of working with their community to advocate to this audience.

Transitions: The Greatest Launch - High School to College and Beyond

A session on “HOW” to advocate while transitioning into the college setting and beyond. Transitioning from the high school setting can be challenging. This is a time when communicating with your community (family, staff, friends, etc.) is still important and while learning to advocate for yourself in new scenarios: roommates, chores, budgeting, job environments and more. We will help both students and their communities through this life-changing transition process.

 

Student Self-Advocacy: Student Voice in the IEP/504 Process

A session that discusses how to involve the student and student voice in the IEP/504 process: from participating in meetings to understanding and requesting accommodations in the classroom. We will also include suggestions on how to resolve some of the bumps and hurdles that can come up through the process.