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- Comparing Disability Services Between High School and College
- Self-Advocacy Tips
- Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education
- Disability Rights NC
- TEACCH School Transition to Employment and Postsecondary Education Program (T-STEP)
- Cerebral Palsy Group
The Transition Model
- Encourage advocacy
- Expose to different opportunities
- Enlighten them through conversation
- Evaluate choices
- Empower at every opportunity
What is Self-Determination?
Self-determination is the power to make choices and decisions based on preferences and interests of the individual. Self-determination is a critical skill for success in higher education because once students with disabilities graduate from high school, they are no longer entitled to the individual services detailed in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
In the post-secondary setting, individuals with a documented disability must self-identify (disclose their need for accommodations) to Disability Support Services. DSS then determines their eligibility for accommodations under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).
Characteristics of Self-Realization involves understanding one's
- Making choices and decisions
- Gathering information
- Setting goals
- Developing a plan
- Implementing a plan of action
Psychological Empowerment involves having the ability to
- Self-assess one’s performance
- Determine when a goal or task has been satisfactorily completed
What is Self-Advocacy?
Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making informed choices about your own life, accessing information to make decisions, building support, knowing your rights and responsibilities, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and being determined to reach goals you developed.
Self-Awareness is to understand your
- Supporting your needs and your disability by understanding how it impacts you in the educational environment
Knowledge of Rights
- Understanding available resources on and off campus
- Being able to advocate for change
Communication involves being
- Assertive (expressing your needs in a positive way)
- Actively Listening
- Compromising when necessary
- Asking Questions
- Making Informed Choices
- Taking Responsibility
- Empowering Yourself