If your teen has a learning disability, self-awareness and self-advocacy are keys to her future success. The ability to self-advocate is important for kids to learn in order to be successful at all stages of their lives. In the past, self-advocacy was a term applied mostly to adults with disabilities, but recently more focus has been placed on teaching this skill to preteens and teenagers. Self-advocacy is understanding your strengths and needs, identifying your personal goals, knowing your legal rights and responsibilities, and communicating these to others. Because your child lives with his learning struggles on a daily basis, he must [...]
You should always be able to have the accommodations you need in school for your disability or health care needs. Sometimes it just takes some extra effort to get what you need. Just because you have a disability it doesn’t mean you can’t do as well as the other kids in school, you have the same rights to succeed. By law every school has a process [a set way] for you to talk to teachers and others about what you need. Sometimes this plan or process is called an Individual Education Plan [IEP], a 504 plan, or sometimes something else. Step [...]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMb5aURm81s&w=500 Accommodations at the postsecondary level (after you exit high school) are provided only when a student discloses his or her disability and requests reasonable accommodations. It is not essential to divulge specific personal information about your disability. What is most important and helpful is to provide information about: how your disability affects your capacity to learn and study effectively the environment, supports, and services you’ll need in order to access, participate in, and excel in your area of study YOU decide what and how much information is necessary to reveal in order to obtain the needed accommodations. Keep the [...]
Transition Truths is an online tool that describes systems that may affect youth with and without disabilities as they transition from youth to adulthood.