A website to support the development of self-advocacy skills in high-school-aged students with learning disabilities in British Columbia

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2019
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Lafreniere, Michel R.
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Many students have underdeveloped self-advocacy skills and struggle to advocate for the supports they need in schools. This can lead to underachievement in schools, feelings of frustration, and struggles in post-secondary studies and employment. Self-advocacy skills are crucial, and research has demonstrated that students with well-developed self-advocacy skills achieve more successful outcomes in life. A website called Self-Advocacy in High School, (www.selfadvocacyhighschool.ca) was designed to support the development of self-advocacy skills in high-school-aged students with learning disabilities in British Columbia. This website includes lessons, classroom activities, and interventions for students with learning disabilities to support their self-advocacy skill development. The lessons incorporate Universal Design for Learning principles and include two strategies to support Indigenous ways of learning. The Self-Advocacy in High School website (www.selfadvocacyhighschool.ca) also hosts modules for self-advocacy development which students can work through independently with the guidance of educators. The website features an ‘Accommodations Student Card’ which students can use to advocate in the classroom and encourages all students to develop a ‘digital transition portfolio’ to prepare for the transition from high school to post-secondary education and employment.
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