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Self-Advocacy for Higher Education Course

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Parent’s Need a Way to Make Sure Thier Child Can Advocate for Thier Individual Needs. 

Did you know that when in college, only 1-20 students will ask for the accommodations they need? That’s 5%.

There are many barriers students with learning disabilities face when going to college. Most important are those self-imposed barriers, including how students think of themselves and their disability, fear of being treated or thought of differently by faculty, and the stigma.

Even if they decide to seek accommodations, students are faced with not knowing who to ask, and more importantly, not knowing how to explain their disability effectively, what they need, and why they need it. They are not comfortable with their disability and have trouble communicating about it.

The solution: a simple, practical, step-by-step method to help students become more self-aware and communicate effectively about their disability.

Take your child’s self-advocacy to the next level with the Parent Coaching Series.

Research on Sefl-advocacy indicates

  • The lack of knowledge about college accessibility services leads to students not requesting accommodations
  • Use of accommodations is a direct predictor of graduation rates BUT students need self-advocacy skills to request them

This course helps parents learn how to coach their child in developing the skills and knowledge needed to request accommodations in college.

Self-Advocacy for Higher Education Course beaks down the process into an easy-to-follow, step-by-step method.

Filled with tips and helpful suggestions, each step moves your college-bound child closer to effectively explaining their learning disability and requesting the accommodations they need. When you can explain those needs, you can get the accommodations easily.

Here are some important statistics that illustrate the problem.

  • 69% of students with learning disabilities no longer think they have a disability upon graduating high school (NCLD)
  • 76% of students with learning disabilities attending college never request accommodations (NCLD)
  • Students who wait to request accommodations
    • 5 times more likely not to graduate (Hudson, R.L. 2013)
    • leads to lower GPAs (Lightner, K. L., Kipps-Vaughan, D., Schulte, T., & Trice, A. D. 2012)
  • Student voice survey found
    • Top 3 stressors: exams, academic pressure, and time management
    • 75% experience “some” to “a great deal of stress” that affects their focus, learning and negatively affecting academics.

Those who know their disability well and are comfortable saying it aloud get what they need, use what works for them, and ask for help when they need it. Self-advocacy relates to staying in school, doing better, and getting a degree. The bottom line is self-advocacy works and leads to more college success.

At the end of the seven steps, you will have a student who is knowledgeable, confident, and well prepared to advocate for the accommodations they need and deserve.

Knowledge is POWER and your college-bound student will be more empowered to advocate for what they need, ask for it, and follow through with communicating their access needs with purpose, clarity, and confidence.

Self-Advocacy for Higher Education Course can help your college-bound student get the self-advocacy skills they need to get the accommodations they deserve.

Bonus: Self-advocacy for Higher Education Workbook is included Free!