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Ten Tips to Build Self-Advocacy Skills

August 30, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

Self-Advocacy refers to an individual’s ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert his or her own interests, desires, needs, and rights. It involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions. (VanReusen et al., 1994)

Below are ten tips to help build self-advocacy skills:  Read the rest of this entry →

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Transition Planning: Getting That First Job

August 4, 2011 in Special Education Articles by Dennise Goldberg

Transitioning into that first job takes time and planning. While the questions to be answered are similar for the individual who has graduated and for those in High School, the preparations are different. Questions include: Is the pursuit going to be part time or with a career-path? What does he or she want to do? What are his or her strengths? Preparations for someone in High School include Transition planning, planning the class schedule towards the job’s entry –level requirements, and really taking time to review what the student might be interested in. Preparations for a graduate focus on employability and include: determining potential career goals, and focused volunteer work.

Where to start?

Has the individual graduated high school? Or do they attend High School? There will be a different path depending on the answer. Read the rest of this entry →

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What Makes a Good Classroom for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

October 4, 2010 in Special Education Articles by Jess

There are numerous factors that contribute to a good classroom for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). First and foremost, the teacher and the aides are essential to the quality of the class. Read the rest of this entry →

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